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LEXICON Inter-Parliamentary Conference for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the Common Security and Defence Policy (IPC CFSP/CSDP)


  1. The Inter-Parliamentary Conference for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the Common Security and Defence Policy provides a framework for the exchange of information and best practices in the area of CFSP and CSDP, to enable national parliaments and the European Parliament to be fully informed when carrying out their respective roles in this policy area. The Conference replaced the Conference of Foreign Affairs Committee Chairpersons (COFACC) and the Conference of Defence Affairs Committee Chairpersons (CODACC).
  2. Establishment of the Inter-Parliamentary Conference for the CFSP and CSDP arose from the need to develop, after the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon, on 1 December 2009, and the cessation, in June 2011, of the activities of European Assembly for Security and Defence, interparliamentary body dealing with security and defence policy in Europe, an appropriate interparliamentary forum for CFSP and CSDP, on the basis of existing treaties. The Conference was established in April 2011 at the EU Speakers’ Conference (EUSC) meeting in Brussels. The final agreement on Conference's composition and formula was reached during the EUSC in Warsaw in April 2012. Rules of Procedure were adopted, on the basis of detailed guidelines of the EUSC, at the Conference first meeting in Cyprus on 9-10 September 2012 and amended in Rome on 5-7 November 2014. During the meeting in Rome IPC CFSP/CSDP adopted also a document entitled "Best Practices", developing provisions of the Rules of Procedure for the purpose of future proceedings of the conference.
  3. The Inter-Parliamentary Conference is composed of delegations of the national parliaments of the EU Members States (six members from each parliament; in case of a national parliament consisting of two chambers, the number of members of its delegations is allocated according to their internal agreement) and the European Parliament (16 Members). Moreover national parliaments of an EU candidate country and each of the European member country of NATO can be represented by a delegation of four observers each.
  4. The Inter-Parliamentary Conference convenes once every six months in the country of the Presidency parliament or in the European Parliament in Brussels. The Inter-Parliamentary Conference secretariat is provided by the Presidency parliament, in close cooperation with the European Parliament and with the previous and next Presidency parliaments. The working languages of the Inter-Parliamentary Conference are English and French. The Conference may adopt conclusions, that do not bind national parliaments or the European Parliament or prejudge their positions. These documents are published in English and French on the Conference website hosted on IPEX and their translations into Polish – on the OIDE website.


Source: Meetings and documents

Updated: 11.08.2020