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Interparliamentary Cooperation in the Composite European Constitution

Editor(s): Nicola Lupo, Cristina Fasone
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Published: 19-05-2016
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Edition: 1st
Extent: 384
ISBN: 9781782256991
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Parliamentary Democracy in Europe
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About Interparliamentary Cooperation in the Composite European Constitution

This collection analyses the place and the functioning of interparliamentary cooperation in the EU composite constitutional order, taking into account both the European and the national dimensions. The chapters join the recent scholarship on the role of parliaments in the EU after the Treaty of Lisbon.The aim of this volume is to highlight the constitutional significance of interparliamentary cooperation as a permanent feature of EU democracy and as a new parliamentary function as well as to investigate the practical side of this relatively new phenomenon. To this end the contributors are academics and parliamentary officials from all over Europe.
The volume discusses the developments in interparliamentary cooperation and its implications for the organisation and procedures of national parliaments and the European Parliament, for the fragmented executive of the EU, and for the democratic legitimacy of the overall EU composite Constitution. These issues are examined by looking at the European legislative process, the European Semester and the Treaty revisions. Moreover, the contributions take into account the effects of interparliamentary cooperation on the internal structure of parliaments and analyse the different models of interparliamentary cooperation, ie from COSAC to the new Interparliamentary Conference on Stability, Economic Coordination and Governance in the European Union provided by the Fiscal Compact.

Table Of Contents

Introduction. Parliaments in the Composite European Constitution
Cristina Fasone and Nicola Lupo
Part I: The Role of Parliaments and Interparliamentary Cooperation in the European Union
1. The Place of National Parliaments within the European Constitutional Order
Leonard FM Besselink
2. Interjudicial Dialogue and Interparliamentary Dialogue in the Constitution of the Union
Giuseppe Martinico
Part II: Treaty Revisions
3. The Convention Method
Cesare Pinelli
4. Interparliamentary Cooperation and the Simplified Revision Procedures
Katarzyna Granat
Part III: Parliamentary Organisation in the Ordinary Constitutional Life of the European Union
5. Bicameralism and Interparliamentary Cooperation
Antonia Baraggia
6. Standing Committees in Interparliamentary Cooperation in the Post-Lisbon Era: Towards the End of the European Affairs Committees' Predominance?
Diane Fromage
7. Towards a More Politicised Interparliamentary Cooperation? The European Parliament's Political Groups and the European Parliamentary Week
Nathalie Brack and Thibaud Deruelle
8. The Role of Parliamentary Administrations in Interparliamentary Cooperation
Andreja Pegan and Anna-Lena Högenauer
Part IV: Euro-national Parliamentary Procedures
9. The Instrumental Value of Horizontal Parliamentary Cooperation: Subsidiarity Review and the Political Dialogue
Marco Goldoni
10. Parliamentary Involvement in the Economic and Monetary Union after the Euro Crisis
Davor Jancic
Part V: Old and New Interparliamentary Conferences
11. COSAC: Birth, Evolution, Failures and Perspectives
Adam Cygan
12. The Interparliamentary Conference on Common Foreign and Security Policy: A Quest for Democratic Accountability in EU Security Governance
Jan Wouters and Kolja Raube
13. The Interparliamentary Conference on Stability, Economic Coordination and Governance in the European Union (the 'Article 13 Conference')
Ian Cooper
14. Ruling the (Dis-)Order of Interparliamentary Cooperation ? The EU Speakers ' Conference
Cristina Fasone
Part VI: Debating the Role of COSAC
15. The Role of COSAC in the Europeanisation of National Parliaments and in the Evolution of Interparliamentary Cooperation
Davide A Capuano
16. The Role of COSAC in the Changing Environment of National Parliaments in the EU: An Identity Crisis?
Bruno A Dias Pinheiro
17. The Role of the COSAC Secretariat within the Evolving Landscape of Interparliamentary Cooperation: Challenges for the Future
Christiana Fryda
18. Interparliamentary Cooperation in the Context of COSAC: A View from the European Parliament
Francisco Gómez Martos
19. The Role of COSAC in EU Interparliamentary Cooperation: An (Endless) Quest for an Identity
Antonio Esposito
20. Reshaping COSAC as a Dynamic Venue for Interparliamentary Exchange
Mendeltje van Keulen
Conclusion. Interparliamentary Cooperation in the Framework of a Euro-national Parliamentary System
Cristina Fasone and Nicola Lupo


“The greatest merit of the book is to shed light on a topic which has been significantly underexplored in the scholarly literature.” –  Barbara Guastaferro, Research Fellow in Law, Durham Law School, I- Connect Blog

“The volume offers a compelling overview of the state of inter-parliamentary co-operation in the EU. It is not only extremely useful for those who are particularly interested in how national parliaments (and the European Parliament) co-operate or not, but it will also be an important reference for anyone who is studying parliamentary democracy in Europe, researchers and practitioners alike.” –  Valentin Kreilinger, Hertie School of Governance and Jacques Delors Institut, Berlin, European Law Review

“The volume shows the potential of an 'effective and regular interparliamentary cooperation in the Union' which is highly supported by the Lisbon Treaty.(translated from the original Italian)” –  Filippo Maria Longhi, Rivista Trimestrale del Diritto Pubblico

“...the book provides a comprehensive and interdisciplinary treatment of the key aspects of the topic, bringing together most of the leading scholars in the field...This volume will be essential reading for everyone – scholars as well as practitioners – seeking to gain a comprehensive understanding of how IPC in the EU has evolved, how it works and where it is headed.” –  Thomas Christiansen, Maastricht University, Journal of Common Market Studies

Interparliamentary Cooperation in the Composite European Constitution ... brings together leading and emerging scholars in the field of interparliamentary cooperation from legal and political science backgrounds along with contributions from a number of practitioners ... this edited collection makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of the significance of interparliamentary cooperation in the EU and its many and developing facets. It is a promising first volume for the new Hart Series on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe.” –  Mario Mendez, Queen Mary University of London, Modern Law Review

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