An Essential Companion
Edited by Kolja Raube, Meltem Müftüler-Baç and Jan Wouters
Chapter 8: The Inter-Parliamentary Conferences of the European Union: discussion forums or oversight bodies?
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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