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 18: Servants or rivals? Uncovering the drivers and logics of the European Parliament’s diplomacy during the Ukrainian crisis

Daan Fonck


This chapter sheds light on the European Parliament’s (EP) diplomatic involvement through the so-called Cox–Kwa_niewski Monitoring Mission in the lead-up to the November 2013 Vilnius Eastern Partnership summit. By applying a transnational perspective to the role of parliaments in foreign policy, it is argued the EP is able to directly interact with third actors, in that way bypassing the EU’s foreign policy executive. The analysis shows how the EP’s monitoring mission was able to develop itself as a diplomatic intermediary between the EU and the Ukrainian authorities on the issue of selective justice, profiling itself largely as a competitive actor vis-à-vis the Council. At the same time, the mission benefited from a context in which the Council offered limited resistance to its increased prominence and where the Commission eventually put its full weight behind the EP’s diplomatic mission.

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