On Tuesday 5 May 2015 (9.30-12.30), AFCO and ECON Committees organised a joint hearing on "the institutional aspects of the new rules on economic governance and the role of the Eurogroup". Academic experts presented their views with MEPs on the role of the Eurogroup in the economic governance framework and on the institutional aspects of governance of the Eurozone by the Eurogroup: a democratic challenge.
The AFCO then continued with its ordinary meeting from 15:00 until 18:30 (draft agenda below)
On 26.05.2015 the AFCO committee will be holding a hearing on "The institutional future of the European Union within and beyond the Treaty of Lisbon" in Brussels, where the Union sectorial policies will be examined, as well as aspects of democracy, accountability and of the institutional set-up of the EU.
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