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The South-East European Cooperation Process and Its New Parliamentary Assembly: Regional Dialogue in Action

The South-East European Cooperation Process and Its New Parliamentary Assembly: Regional Dialogue... This article analyses the contribution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the South-East European Cooperation Process ( seecp ) to regional dialogue among parliamentarians. First, it examines the transformation of the seecp Parliamentary Dimension into a Parliamentary Assembly ( seecp pa ). Second, the article analyses two case studies: the participation of Kosovo in the seecp pa ; and the establishment of a Secretariat for the seecp pa . These two case studies are selected because they have given rise to intensive political dialogue, thus providing a basis for the conduct of parliamentary diplomacy. They demonstrate the potential contribution of the seecp Parliamentary Dimension to conflict resolution, while acknowledging the dependence of the Parliamentary Assembly on the political processes handled through intergovernmental diplomacy. The article shows the limited, although positive, impact of the institutionalisation of this Parliamentary Assembly on parliamentary relations in South-East Europe. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Hague Journal of Diplomacy Brill

The South-East European Cooperation Process and Its New Parliamentary Assembly: Regional Dialogue in Action

The Hague Journal of Diplomacy , Volume 11 (2-3): 215 – Mar 11, 2016

The South-East European Cooperation Process and Its New Parliamentary Assembly: Regional Dialogue in Action


Introduction The institutional development of the South-East European Cooperation Process ( seecp ) Parliamentary Dimension and the establishment of the seecp Parliamentary Assembly ( seecp pa ) have affected inter-parliamentary relations among the participating countries, some of which have a long history of protracted conflicts. The seecp pa engages in the type of parliamentary diplomacy that is aimed at reconciliation as a component of security policy, by seeking to maintain regional peace and stability. The seecp emerged from the Stability Pact for South-Eastern Europe, 1 which was created in 1999 as an answer to the wars related to the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia, with a view to strengthening cooperation and a European perspective for the entire region of South-East Europe. To understand the role of the seecp Parliamentary Dimension, there is a need for a clear analytical framework that captures inter-parliamentary cooperation. Based on recent academic research on the nature of international parliamentary institutions ( ipi s), 2 one can analyse ipi s, including the Parliamentary Dimension of the seecp , according to three dimensions: constitutional status; institutionalisation; and institutional authority. 3 The first dimension — constitutional status — refers to the nature of the relationship between an ipi and an intergovernmental international organisation. This relationship can be structured in different ways: the ipi can be entirely independent; committed to and/or recognised by the international organisation; or formally a part of the international organisation. Examples are the Inter-Parliamentary Union ( ipu ), which is independent from any intergovernmental international organisation; the North Atlantic Treaty Organization ( nato ) pa , which maintains a close relationship with nato ; the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe ( pace ), which is an official organ of the Council of Europe; and the European...
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Brill
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1871-1901
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1871-191X
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10.1163/1871191X-12341341
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Abstract

This article analyses the contribution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the South-East European Cooperation Process ( seecp ) to regional dialogue among parliamentarians. First, it examines the transformation of the seecp Parliamentary Dimension into a Parliamentary Assembly ( seecp pa ). Second, the article analyses two case studies: the participation of Kosovo in the seecp pa ; and the establishment of a Secretariat for the seecp pa . These two case studies are selected because they have given rise to intensive political dialogue, thus providing a basis for the conduct of parliamentary diplomacy. They demonstrate the potential contribution of the seecp Parliamentary Dimension to conflict resolution, while acknowledging the dependence of the Parliamentary Assembly on the political processes handled through intergovernmental diplomacy. The article shows the limited, although positive, impact of the institutionalisation of this Parliamentary Assembly on parliamentary relations in South-East Europe.

Journal

The Hague Journal of DiplomacyBrill

Published: Mar 11, 2016

Keywords: South-East Europe; Parliamentary Assembly; Kosovo; Serbia; regional dialogue; parliamentary diplomacy

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