Deliberating and Monitoring Climate Action: How the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean Can Increase Its Relevance

Bouckaert, Reinhilde and Delputte, Sarah (2019). Deliberating and Monitoring Climate Action: How the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean Can Increase Its Relevance. UNU-CRIS Policy Briefs. United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies.

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    Author Bouckaert, Reinhilde
    Delputte, Sarah
    Editor Johnson, Rory
    Title Deliberating and Monitoring Climate Action: How the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean Can Increase Its Relevance
    Series Title UNU-CRIS Policy Briefs
    Volume/Issue No. PB-2019/6
    Publication Date 2019
    Place of Publication Bruges
    Publisher United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies
    Pages 9
    Language eng
    Abstract Inter-parliamentary assemblies have been portrayed as having the potential to contribute to the legitimacy of intergovernmental climate debates. This policy brief focuses on the specific case of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean (PA-UfM). Based on a rigorous analysis of the functioning of the Assembly, we demonstrate how this inter-parliamentary institution can play a relevant role in deliberating and monitoring regional climate action. Since this potential is hampered by several limitations, we propose three main recommendations that could strengthen the added value of parliamentary involvement in interregional climate policy agreements. First, the members of parliament of the EU should promote climate change action as a common good, with special attention paid to the needs of the most disadvantaged societal groups. Second, they should pay more attention to the power asymmetries within the Union for the Mediterranean, as Southern Mediterranean neighbourhood countries often have lower capacity levels. Third, they should more actively reach out to interest groups (including civil society) to participate in the climate change debates of the PA-UfM and promote parliamentary democracy in the member countries of the UfM.
    Keyword Climate policy
    intergovernmentalism
    Mediterranean area
    PA-UfM
    EU
    Copyright Holder United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies
    Copyright Year 2019
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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