Discussing the Limits of Europe: EU Neighbourhood Policy in European Parliamentary Debates

Session #4 Presentation  |  Friday, June 28 | 10:00
Auditorium Maximum JU (Aula Mała)

Sub-Theme: Europe’s place in a global setting: unified, divided, multi-track or simply lost?

Magda Góra

illustration by Pink Plastic Bag

Democracy is a fundamental norm on which the European Union is founded. When the issue of the democratic principle is invoked in the context of European polity, lively debates always ensues (Eriksen, Fossum 2011). Recently, the important question of democratic control and legitimisation of European Foreign Policy (EFP) was raised by scholars (Sjursen 2011; Wagner 2007), although one may argue that the problem of interconnection between security and democracy has occupied the thoughts of western thinkers already for several centuries (Kantner, Liberatore 2006).

The aim of the paper is to look at how the issues of democratic control and legitimisation of European foreign policy are framed in European political setting by new member states (NMS) politicians (from Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic). The paper focuses on the EU enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy as selected and traces how the NMS politicians perceive these EU initiatives and legitimise and control these efforts. The paper is based on the research on MEPs activities at the European Parliament 6th and 7th term in office. The empirical analysis will contribute to the wider academic debate on the involvement of citizens in the foreign policy domain and on democratic control and accountability of this area of public policy.


PhD Magdalena Góra

Magdalena Góra works at the Institute of European Studies, Jagiellonian University, Krakówn. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the Jagiellonian University, and her doctoral thesis (2007) concerned the issues of relations between Poland and Israel after World War II. Her academic interests include the European Union as an actor in international relations, European Neighbourhood and Enlargement Policies, processes of collective identity formation in the context of EU enlargement, contemporary Polish foreign policy.  She participates in several research projects and currently she works as a leader of a project Democratic control and legitimisation in European foreign policy. The case study of EU Enlargement Policy and European Neighbourhood Policy (2013-2016) funded by Polish National Science Centre which focuses on assessment of the changing role of the various actors in legitimisation and therefore democratic control over Enlargement and the European Neighbourhood Policy of the EU. She is a member of the EU’s COST Action In search of transcultural memory in Europe (ISTME) (2013-2016). The network investigates the transcultural dynamics of memory in Europe today. She was a researcher dealing with the problems of identity formation and enlargement within the RECON. Reconstituting Democracy in Europe Integrated Project supported by the European Commission's Sixth Framework Programme. She is a member of the team working on the research project Religion in Polish Politics in the context of the European integration [Religia w polskiej polityce w kontekście integracji europejskiej] conducted at the Jagiellonian University, funded by National Science Centre, Poland. Her publications include ‘Situating the demos of European integration’ (co-authored with Zdzisław Mach and Hans-Jӧrg Trenz), in: Rethinking democracy and the European Union, Erik O. Eriksen, John. E. Fossum (eds) (2012); ‘Between Old Fears and New Challenges. The Polish Debate on Europe’ (co-authored with Zdzisław Mach), in: European Stories. Intellectual Debates in Europe in National Contexts, Justine Lacroix, Kalypso Nikolaidis (eds) (2010). She also co-edited volumes: Collective Identity and Democracy in the Enlarging Europe (with Zdzisław Mach and Katarzyna Zielińska) (2012); Democracy, State and Society. European integration in Central and Eastern Europe (with Katarzyna Zielińska) (2011).