MPs call for ad hoc parliamentary body to monitor development of Common European Security and Defence Policy in bid to increase democratic accountability
The ad hoc body would be comprised of MPs from national
parliaments as well as MEPs from the European Parliament. It will
focus primarily on EU defence and foreign policy issues at meetings
that are to be held at least twice a year.
Concerns have been expressed by parliamentarians
on a number of issues raised by the development of a defence
element within the EU. In particular, concerns relating to
democratic accountability, status of neutral Member States,
relations with NATO and strains on EU-US relations.