Interparliamentary EU information exchange (IPEX)

The Interparliamentary EU information exchange (IPEX) is a platform for the electronic exchange of EU-related information between Parliaments in the European Union.

IPEX mainly serves as a document's database which contains draft legislative proposals, consultation and information documents from the European Commission, parliamentary documents and information concerning the European Union. The parliamentary documents are uploaded individually by each national Parliament. IPEX offers at the same time the possibility to follow the subsidiarity check deadlines.

IPEX furthermore contains a calendar of interparliamentary meetings and events in the European Union, a section on national Parliaments and the European Parliament with links provided to the relevant websites and databases, as well as information pertaining to specific procedures in national Parliaments. IPEX is also hosting the EU Speakers website.

IPEX was created following recommendations and agreements by the Conference of Speakers of the European Union Parliaments in Rome in 2000 and in The Hague in 2004.

European Centre for Parliamentary Research and Documentation (ECPRD)

The European Centre for Parliamentary Research and Documentation (ECPRD) acts as a channel of information exchange regarding parliamentary practice and legislative policies for parliamentary staff in European countries and beyond.

ECPRD is a network of people. Comparative surveys launched by the national correspondents and seminars hosted by individual parliaments on particular topics offer all those involved the chance to gain a better understanding and to learn from one another.

Experts in Parliaments have the opportunity to meet each other in the ECPRD seminars. Since being first established at the request of the Speakers of European Parliamentary Assemblies in June 1977, ECPRD has become a useful tool for interparliamentary cooperation.

ECPRD is chaired jointly by the European Parliament and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Its Secretariat is hosted by the Directorate of the European Parliament for Relations with National Parliaments.

Videoconferencing

Videoconferences are an effective tool for facilitating dialogue between the European Parliament and national Parliaments. The European Parliament, in its resolution of 7 May 2009 ("Brok report"), envisaged examining "the possibility of establishing the technical facilities for holding videoconferences between the rapporteurs in the specialised committees of the national parliaments and the European Parliament". 

To make full use of this instrument in a Union with 24 official languages, the European Parliament has developed a system enabling videoconferences with interpretation into several languages, as well as quality video and sound. The service allows Members of the European Parliament and their counterparts in national Parliaments to discuss pertinent topics at short notice.