By Stelios Stavridis

In Parliamentary international relations in ecu and international Governance, 27 specialists from world wide examine the fast-expanding phenomenon of parliamentary international relations. via a wealth of empirical case reviews, the publication demonstrates that parliamentarians and parliamentary assemblies have an more and more vital overseas function. the amount starts off with parliamentary international relations in Europe, as the eu Parliament is likely one of the most powerful self sufficient institutional actors in international politics. The learn then examines parliamentary international relations in family among Europe and 3rd nations or areas (Mexico, Turkey, Russia, the Mediterranean), earlier than turning awareness to the remainder of the area: North and South the US, Asia, Africa and Australia. This pioneering quantity confirms the global nature and salience of parliamentary international relations in modern worldwide politics.

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79 Furthermore, the European Parliament maintains relations with certain regional parliamentary institutions without creating an assembly to this end. 80 By participating in the sessions of the NATO-PA, the delegation members, who are drawn from the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Security and Defence, endeavour to represent the EU’s position regarding zones of conflict or crisis where both the EU and NATO are engaged, such as in Afghanistan and Kosovo,81 as well as regarding piracy off the coast of Somalia and the Gulf of Aden.

D. dissertation, University of Macau (2014), p. 210. ), The European Union’s Shaping of the International Legal Order (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014), p. 112. 62 European Parliament Resolution of 13 June 2013 on the Rule of Law in Russia (2013), OJ C 253E/247. 63 European Parliament Resolution of 12 March 2015 on the Situation in Venezuela (P8_TA(2015)0080), paras. 5 and 9. 64 European Parliament DG for External Policies, Briefing Paper titled ‘EU Election Observation: Achievements, Challenges’ (June 2008).

See also Olivier Costa and Nathalie Brack, ‘The Role of the European Parliament in Europe’s Integration and Parliamentarization Process’, in Olivier Costa et al. ), Parliamentary Dimensions of Regionalization and Globalization: The Role of Inter-Parliamentary Institutions (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), p. 46. ’, The International Spectator, vol. 39, no. 2 (2004), p. 55. 19 Recent examples of this include the role of the UK House of Commons in Britain’s proposed engagement in the Syrian crisis, the French Parliament’s vote on the recognition of Palestine, and the Hungarian Parliament’s adoption of legislation that made secret for 30 years a nuclear power contract between the Hungarian Government and Russia.

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