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The European Parliament and the European Union Security and Defence Policy

Robert M. Cutler
Alexander von Lingen

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Abstract:
Acquisition of co-decisional authority in home and foreign affairs was a significant turning point in the institutional history of the European Parliament (EP). The EP has become, as a result, the driver behind the EU’s institutional development and adaptation to its changing international environment. The increasing confluence of CFSP/ESDP issue areas with the issue areas of EU enlargement illustrates the significance of the EP’s participation. The relevant deliberations of the Convention on the Future of Europe also reflect this development. The EP is, through its Members, the EU organ closest to the blurry frontier between the (EU) ‘system’ and its (international) ‘environment’.
Contents:
  1. The EU and the EP in Comparative International Perspective
  2. The European Parliament and the CFSP
  3. Elaboration of the European Security and Defence Policy
    • Post-Amsterdam through the Year 2000
    • The Nice Treaty, Enlargement and the Draft Constitution
  4. Implementation and Effectiveness
    • CFSP/ESDP in Action
    • The EP and the Future of the CFSP/ESDP
  5. Conclusion and Prospect
    • The EP’s Historical Significance
    • The Thessaloniki European Council, the Draft Constitution and Beyond
  6. Notes
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Robert M. Cutler, “The European Parliament and European Union Security and Defence Policy[: Abstract],” European Security 12, no. 2 (Summer 2003): 1–20, available at <http://www.robertcutler.org/ar03es.htm>, accessed 20 November 2017.


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The European Parliament and the European Union Security and Defence Policy

This article treats the evolution of the participation of the European Parliament (EP) in the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and prospects for its participation in the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP).[1] It begins with a review of the EP’s history from the perspective of comparison with other international parliamentary institutions (IPIs), and its increasing role in EC/EU affairs, including foreign affairs. The second part of the article treats the EP’s place and role in the formation and execution of the CFSP, while the third part follows with an analogous treatment of its place and role in the ESDP. The fourth part reviews the CFSP/ESDP in action and its future, particularly from the perspective of the EP’s implication in it. The conclusion offers a few remarks about the EP in historical perspective, and also about its future, insofar as the Convention on the Future of Europe and provisional draft Constitution produced by the latter are concerned.

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[Note]

[Note 1]. This article is based on a paper originally presented to the Workshop on Identity and Representation in an Integrated Europe, organized by The Centre for European Studies with The Centre for Representation and Elections, Carleton University, and held in Ottawa, 9–10 May 2002. The authors thank Professor Nanette Neuwahl for motivating this revision of the original paper. The present text was finalized on 30 June 2003.


Dr. Robert M. Cutlerwebsiteemail ] was educated at MIT and The University of Michigan, where he earned a Ph.D. in Political Science, and has specialized and consulted in the international affairs of Europe, Russia, and Eurasia since the late 1970s. He has held research and teaching positions at major universities in the United States, Canada, France, Switzerland, and Russia, and contributed to leading policy reviews and academic journals as well as the print and electronic mass media in three languages.

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