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What is the role of parliaments in EU external action? Dr. Kolja Raube will discuss the variations of parliamentary involvement in the ‘multilevel parliamentary field’ in the different policy areas of EU external action.

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Date 20 May 2015
Time 13:00 -14:30
Room Faculty of Law, E 2.12A
Organised by Dr. Kolja Raube, University of Leuven

EU external action comprises a variety of different policy fields (Common Foreign and Security Policy, Common Commercial Policy, Development Policy, Humanitarian Aid, etc) and each of them is subject to a distinct set of institutional arrangements, decision-making modes and instruments. Depending on the respective policy area, the functions, roles and resources as well as the action and cooperation of parliaments can differ in the multilevel field of EU external action. For this reason, the presentation focuses on multilevel parliamentary actorness at three levels: a) at the EU level (European Parliament); (b) at the level of Member States (national parliaments); and c) the vertical cooperation between parliaments at the EU and national levels (interparliamentary cooperation). The presentation aims to explain the variations of parliamentary involvement in the ‘multilevel parliamentary field’ (Crum/Fossum) not only in the area of foreign and security policy, but also in other areas of EU external action, such as EU trade and human rights policies.

The speaker

Kolja Raube is Senior Member and Researcher at the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies at the University of Leuven, Belgium, where he is also programme coordinator and lecturer for the Master of European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspectives. His main field of research is EU foreign and security policy, with a particular focus on its institutional changes and dynamics. He has published his research in several international journals, including the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, the Journal of European Integration, The Hague Journal of Diplomacy and the European Foreign Affairs Review. He is a member and a co-organizer of the Jean Monnet Network ‘PACO – Interparliamentary Cooperation in the EU's External Action – Parliamentary Scrutiny and Diplomacy in the EU and Beyond‘, which is run by GGS and six European partner universities.


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Room Faculty of Law, E 2.12A

Oudemanhuispoort 4-6
1012 CN Amsterdam