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Lorinc Redei

Over the past few years, the European Parliament (EP) has begun engaging in a novel form of parliamentary diplomacy: political mediation. Through three case studies (Albania, Ukraine and Macedonia), this chapter explores how EP parliamentarians have sought to help find solutions to political disputes in non-EU countries. The cases evaluate these mediation efforts according to four factors: the level of MEP involvement; the role of the EP’s secretariat; the amount of cooperation with other EU actors; and the extent to which the EP arrived with a defined outcome in mind for the negotiations. The conclusion suggests that the EP’s increased institutionalization and formalization of its mediation activities through a new stand-alone Mediation Service will lead the Parliament to undertake more such missions in the future – and with higher rates of potential success.