Research by Johan Adriaensen & colleagues presented to the EP

On 1 April 2019, the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee (INTA) held a presentation of the study ‘Parliamentary scrutiny of trade policies across the Western world’ researched and written by Johan Adriaensen and three colleagues, Bart Kerremans, Evelyn Coremans and Francesca Colli (KU Leuven).

This study compares parliamentary scrutiny of trade policy in the EU with the United States, Canada and Australia. It concludes that the European Parliament has become powerful and active in trade policy, on a comparable level to the US Congress. Its powers exceed those of other Western democracies, such as Australia and Canada.

From the latter the European Parliament may conclude that it is important to codify some of its informal oversight practices, before they may get lost over time again. The study comes at an interesting time as a new European Parliament is to be elected and committee membership will undergo some changes. The study provides a thorough, contextualized and up-to-date overview of parliamentary scrutiny of trade policies.

For further information contact Johan Adriaensen (

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