Interparliamentary cooperation in the European Union

EUInterparliamentary cooperation in the European Union is an important instrument for coordinating and achieving the influence of national parliaments on the decision-making process at European level. 

The Lisbon Treaty has given national parliaments new powers in the field of European affairs, thus increasing the importance of interparliamentary cooperation, which provides for exchange of information and best practices between national parliaments and the European Parliament. Mutual cooperation between national parliaments of the European Union Member States and their cooperation with the European Parliament is also important for bringing the European Union closer to the citizens. 

Various forms of interparliamentary cooperation are available to national parliaments, including the Croatian Parliament, and involve conferences and meetings as well as information exchange platforms (IPEX i ECPRD).

Conferences and meetings

The European Parliament and national Parliaments are together determine the organisation and promotion of effective and regular interparliamentary cooperation within the Union. Interparliamentary Cooperation in the European Union is performed within the following framework: Conference of Speakers of European Union Parliaments, Conference of the Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union, Interparliamentary Conference on Stability, Economic Coordination and Governance in the European Union, Interparliamentary Conference for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the Common Security and Defence Policy, Interparliamentary Committee Meetings, Parliamentary Dimension of the Council Presidency.

Interparliamentary EU Information Exchange (IPEX)

IPEX, the Interparliamentary EU information exchange, is an online platform for the national parliaments and the European Parliament to exchange information concerning the European Union. IPEX was established following a recommendation given by the Conference of Speakers of the Parliaments of the European Union held in 2000.

European Centre for Parliamentary Research and Documentation (ECPRD)

The ECPRD (European Centre for Parliamentary Research and Documentation) is an inter-parliamentary cooperation and information exchange network comprising correspondents from national parliaments and operating under the authority of the European Parliament and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.