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Accountability in EU Security and DefenceThe Law and Practice of Peacebuilding$
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Carolyn Moser

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198844815

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198844815.001.0001

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Political Accountability: Unsteady Parliamentary Involvement

Political Accountability: Unsteady Parliamentary Involvement

(p.133) 5 Political Accountability: Unsteady Parliamentary Involvement
Accountability in EU Security and Defence

Carolyn Moser

Oxford University Press

This chapter takes a look at political accountability for EU peacebuilding activities carried out under the CSDP. It starts with some reflections on parliamentary scrutiny in the domaine réservé, a policy field where parliamentary activity has traditionally been low, but becomes increasingly salient given the growing scope and impact of international policy-making. The chapter then develops a discussion of the fairly limited oversight role of national parliaments regarding EU security and defence. General patterns of parliamentary involvement and particular features of scrutiny related to EU peacebuilding activities are assessed. Afterwards, a thorough analysis of law and practice highlights the enhanced significance of the European Parliament as political forum in the CFSP/CSDP context through a range of formal and informal vehicles which, however, only marginally contribute to parliamentary scrutiny of civilian missions. Lastly, this chapter ascertains the hurdles to interparliamentary cooperation and, in its final section, underscores the significance of effective supranational parliamentary scrutiny of peacebuilding activities in the edifice of Europeanized intergovernmentalism.

Keywords:   Political accountability, European Parliament, National parliaments, Inter-Parliamentary Conference for the CFSP, Interparliamentary cooperation, Parliamentary scrutiny of security and defence, Budgetary competence, Access to sensitive information, International agreements

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