An Essential Companion
Edited by Kolja Raube, Meltem Müftüler-Baç and Jan Wouters
Chapter 13: The role of the European Parliament in the enlargement process: insights from inter-parliamentary relations with Turkey
The chapter analyses the role of the European Parliament (EP) in the enlargement process of the European Union (EU). It has three objectives: first, the chapter shows that, in addition to its formal role, the EP has an informal yet potentially crucial normative role in the enlargement process. Second, it offers an analytical framework for studying the EP’s normative actorness in engaging the political elite of third states in communicative processes. Third, it evaluates this analytical framework in light of the empirical evidence from inter-parliamentary relations with Turkey, with a special focus on Joint Parliamentary Committee meetings over the course of two legislative terms of the EP – the seventh (2009–14) and eighth (2014–18). The chapter concludes that the EP’s normative role in EU–Turkey relations remains largely limited when the EP aspires to promote new, politically controversial conditions that go beyond the Copenhagen political criteria.
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