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.
Nicola Lupo is Professor of Public Law at LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome. Cristina Fasone is Assistant Professor of Comparative Public Law at LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome.
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 Hoegenauer 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