Parliamentary Cooperation and Diplomacy in EU External Relations
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Parliamentary Cooperation and Diplomacy in EU External Relations

An Essential Companion

Edited by Kolja Raube, Meltem Müftüler-Baç and Jan Wouters

In today’s increasingly complex and interdependent world, the role of parliaments in external affairs remains a relatively under explored topic of research. The multiple patterns of global governance are mostly dominated by the executive branches of government, with parliaments relegated to the sidelines. This insightful book aims to challenge this dominant perspective and demonstrate the increased networking of parliaments both within the EU and with external actors outside the EU. It not only sheds light on EU parliamentary cooperation and networking, but also reveals the growing scope and role of parliamentary scrutiny, control and conflict mediation.
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Chapter 8: The Inter-Parliamentary Conferences of the European Union: discussion forums or oversight bodies?

Ian Cooper

Abstract

Currently, there are three Inter-Parliamentary Conferences (IPCs) in the European Union (EU): the Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC), created in 1989; the Inter-Parliamentary Conference for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the Common Security and Defence Policy (CFSP-CSDP Conference), created 2012; and the Inter-parliamentary Conference on Stability, Economic Coordination and Governance in the European Union (SECG Conference), created in 2013. While each IPC has received a certain amount of analysis on an individual basis, there has been little work done to subject them to comparative analysis or assess their collective impact on parliamentary democracy in the EU. The chapter identifies the differences between them, and also focuses on distinctive properties that set them apart from other forms of interparliamentary cooperation, making them a distinct group worthy of our attention.

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