An Essential Companion
Edited by Kolja Raube, Meltem Müftüler-Baç and Jan Wouters
Chapter 6: How can interparliamentary cooperation contribute to the legitimacy of the EU as an international actor?
This chapter discusses interparliamentary cooperation among European Union member states’ parliaments as a means to coordinate and justify the Union’s external actions by allowing for debate between the European Parliament and national parliaments. The Treaty of Lisbon calls for EU institutions to facilitate the organization of national parliaments in interparliamentary conferences on specific topics, with particular attention to the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and areas of security and defence. The chapter argues that these conferences can justify EU external action as a means of securing rights, core values and solutions to collective action problems, all in ways that are, in turn, subject to procedural standards of public control with political equality and justification. It also shows where interparliamentary cooperation can improve on other forms of parliamentary participation in the Union’s external actions, and, indeed, on forms of policy coordination limited to executive actors.
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