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Exchange of views with Vice-President Timmermans

On Thursday 6 November, AFCO had an exchange of views with Vice-President Timmermans. The discussion allowed a first discussion on the incoming Commission's views on the institutional issues  which are of competency for the Constitutional affairs committee.

   
Workshop "Challenges in Constitutional Affairs in the new term"

On 6 November 2014  (9.10-12.30 & 16.00-18.30) the Constitutional Affairs committee organised a workshop on" Challenges in Constitutional Affairs in the new term: taking stock and looking forward." After an assessment of the EU inter-institutional dynamics after the elections, the discussions focused on differentiation of the governance in the European Union, challenges of democratic legitimacy and develop pathways of future constitutional evolution of the EU. The structure of the Europarty system after the 2014 elections has also be discussed.

 
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Powers and responsibilities of standing committees
 
Committee responsible for:
 
1. the institutional aspects of the European integration process, in particular the preparation, initiation and proceedings of ordinary and simplified Treaty revision  procedures;
2. the implementation of the Treaties and the assessment of their operation;
3. the institutional consequences of enlargement negotiations of or withdrawal from the Union;
4. interinstitutional relations, including, with a view to their approval by Parliament, examination of interinstitutional agreements pursuant to Rule 140(2) of the Rules of Procedure;
5. uniform electoral procedure;
6. political parties and political foundations at European level, without prejudice to the competences of the Bureau;
7. the determination of the existence of a serious and persistent breach by a Member State of the principles common to the Member States;
8. the interpretation and application of the Rules of Procedure and proposals for amendments thereto.
 
 
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Welcome to the website of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs.
 
The 2014-2019 legislature will focus on the institutional aspects determining the future of the EU. We will continue to evaluate the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty’s innovations and use this assessment as a basis for new developments. The evaluation of measures taken after the 2008 crisis will also lead us to consider whether a new reform of the Treaty is necessary. The aim of such a reform would be twofold: to integrate the provisions of the intergovernmental Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union into the EU legal framework, which may require treaty amendments, and to lend democratic legitimacy to the economic governance of the euro area. One challenge will be to ensure that stronger euro area integration does not undermine the integrity of the EU.
 
Restoring public confidence in the European project requires greater attention to be paid to the concerns of citizens. AFCO will ensure that the European Citizens’ Initiative, an instance of citizen involvement in the decision-making process launched during the previous legislature, works properly. The electoral procedure, the implementation of the new statute for European political parties, and cooperation with national parliaments will also be on the agenda. Our goal will be to drive the debate on the future of the EU.
 
Danuta Hübner, Chair