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The last AFCO meeting took place on Thursday 4 December 2014, from 9.00 to 18.30 in Brussels in meeting room Altiero Spinelli (ASP) 1G3, with a public hearing on the Reform of the European electoral law in the morning, from 9.00 to 12.00.  The separate programme is available here.
Click here to follow the hearing in webstreaming.

European political parties and foundations

On Thursday 4 December (afternoon) AFCO listened to the presentation of the conclusions of the Study "Political parties and Political foundations at the European Level: challenges and opportunities".

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AFCO hearing on the reform of the European electoral law

On Thursday 4 December from 9.00 to 12.30 AFCO held a public hearing on the  reform of the European electoral law. The presentations from experts focused on practical arrangements not requiring changes to the law in order to strengthen the visibility of the European elections and the public awareness thereof; possible changes to secondary law (Right to vote and stand as a candidate in elections to the European Parliament for citizens of the Union residing in a Member State of which they are not national); changes to the Electoral Act in order for example to establish a level playing field for parties and candidates; changes to the Treaties for example to modify the number of Members of Parliament with a view to introduce transnational lists.

AFCO evaluation of the Commissioners hearings

On Thursday 4 December at 4.00 pm AFCO had an exchange of views on the basis of Mr Richard Corbett's working document on "Procedure and practices regarding the 2014 Commissioner Hearings" which made a first evaluation of the hearing process. At the end of the debate, the Committee decided to draft an initiative report on the subject.

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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