An Essential Companion
Edited by Kolja Raube, Meltem Müftüler-Baç and Jan Wouters
Chapter 10: The European Parliament in inter-parliamentary cooperation and diplomacy
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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