by Philip Worré, former Executive Director, ISIS Europe
Following the decision by WEU Member States to denounce the Modified Brussels Treaty and the consequent dissolution of the WEU Assembly in 2011, the Conference of Speakers of the European Union Parliaments was tasked with establishing a new concept for inter-parliamentary scrutiny of CSDP. Until then, the WEU Assembly had exercised de facto oversight on CSDP.
During discussions in 2011 on the best solution to ensure oversight for CSDP both at the Conference of Speakers and at the Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC), it emerged that a major hurdle was the size of the European Parliament’s delegation in terms of percentage of seats.
The Conference of Speakers met in Warsaw on 20 and 21 April 2012 and reached an agreement on the creation of an Inter-Parliamentary Conference for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), composed of both EU national parliamentarians and MEPs. The main points are as follows:
The next step is the drafting of rules of procedure and working methods. A review will take place two years after the Inter-Parliamentary Conference‘s first meeting, scheduled on 9-11 September 2012 in Cyprus.
The full text of the Presidency Conclusions of the Conference of Speakers of the European Union Parliaments, Warsaw, 20-21 April 2012, can be found here.