Over the past decades governments have set up numerous international
organisations and informal groupings. In many of these bodies the executives
give important orientations with little or no parliamentary oversight. Global governance must not be left to governments and diplomats
only, but must involve the citizens and their elected representatives.
Parliaments should play a strong role in this process.
This is why the European Parliament Vice-Presidents responsible for relations with
national Parliaments, Miguel Angel Martínez and Othmar Karas, organised a Parliamentary Forum on "EU Parliaments in global governance". The event took place on 18 February 2014 at the European Parliament premises in Brussels. It brought together Members of the national
Parliaments of the EU Member States, MEPs and representatives of international
organisations to debate the role of Parliamentarism in an
increasingly interconnected world.