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 10: The European Parliament in inter-parliamentary cooperation and diplomacy

Diane Fromage


This chapter examines the role of the European Parliament (EP) in inter-parliamentary cooperation and European diplomacy. It first recalls the EP’s standing in the Common and Foreign Security Policy as it results from the adoption of the Treaty of Lisbon, and then analyses what role the EP has played in inter-parliamentary cooperation efforts in this field, both in the framework of the newly launched Inter-Parliamentary Conference (IPC) with national parliaments and in that of the interparliamentary committee meetings it regularly organizes with them. Finally, the evolution of the EP’s diplomatic actions, in particular those of the EP’s President, is analysed. On the basis of this empirical and legal study, it is contended that the EP has indeed shown particular resilience in its quest for a more important role in this policy area, as is evidenced by its activism in particular in the promotion of inter-parliamentary cooperation, even if important shortcomings remain.

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