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Interparliamentary Cooperation in the Composite European Constitution

Edited by: Nicola Lupo, Cristina Fasone

ISBN13: 9781782256977
Published: March 2016
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
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This collective volume 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 included join the recent scholarship on the role of parliaments in the EU after the Treaty of Lisbon, a scholarship which, however, has substantially overlooked the constitutional significance of interparliamentary cooperation as a permanent feature of EU democracy and as a new parliamentary function.

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 through the cases of ordinary and 'extraordinary' European decision-making processes, namely the legislative process and the European Semester, on the one hand, and the Treaty revisions, on the other, by looking at the effects of interparliamentary cooperation on the internal structure of parliaments, e.g. bicameralism, political groups, committees and parliamentary administrations, and at the models of interparliamentary cooperation that can be detected, on the basis of the EU Treaty provisions and protocols.

EU Law
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 Hogenauer

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 Gomez 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