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Seeking CSDP Accountability Through Interparliamentary Scrutiny


The EU's Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) requires parliamentary accountability. At present, as CSDP-related decisions are increasingly taken in the framework of the UN or the EU, neither the European Parliament (EP) nor national parliaments are able to hold decision-makers accountable. Interparliamentary cooperation can provide added value in bringing about parliamentary scrutiny of CSDP. Nevertheless, despite an official agreement, the EP and national parliaments have different views on what such interparliamentary cooperation entails. There are five conditions - cooperation and complementarity among parliaments, conferential dialogues, coordinated agendas, and comprehensive and comparative scrutiny - that have to be fulfilled to create added value for interparliamentary cooperation on CSDP matters.
Keywords: parliamentary scrutiny and control, Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), interparliamentary cooperation