Third meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group on Europol

The third meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group (JPSG) brings together members of EU national parliaments and MEPs to scrutinise and monitor the activities of Europol.

The meeting will take place on 24-25 September in the European Parliament. Participants will discuss Europol's contribution to the fight against financial crime, asset recovery and money laundering and the 2019-2021 Multiannual Programming Document. Protection of fundamental rights, in particular data privacy, in Europol's activities is also a subject of interest.

Commissioner Julian King will deliver a key note speech.

Prior to the meeting, Claude Moraes, Chair of the Civil Liberties Committee, and Angela Lueger, Chair of the Committee on International Affairs of the Austrian National Council, will hold a press conference at 14.45 in the press conference room in Brussels (PHS 0A50 Anna Politkovskaya room).

Background information

The JPSG meets at least twice a year. In the first half of the year, the JPSG meets in the Parliament of the country holding the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU and in the second semester, the meeting is held in the European Parliament.

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59th COSAC Plenary Meeting in Sofia

The LIX (59th) COSAC Plenary meeting in Sofia on 17-19 June gathered Members from the EU national parliaments and the EP to discuss the integration of the Western Balkans and the enlargement policy, the Pillar of Social Rights, the future of the Cohesion Policy, and the future of interparliamentary cooperation, in the framework of the current debate on subsidiarity and proportionality and Timmermans Task Force. The EP delegation was chaired by the First Vice-President of the European Parliament, Mrs Mairead McGUINNESS and AFCO Chair, Mrs Danuta HÜBNER. REGI Chair, Mrs Iskra MIHAYLOVA was also a member of the delegation. The Directorate for Relations with National Parliaments of DG PRES prepared this meeting and provided support and advice to our Members.

Vice-President Mrs McGuinness addressed the COSAC plenary meeting during the welcoming session together with the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mr Rumen Radev. AFCO Chair, Mrs Danuta Hübner, and REGI Chair, Mrs Iskra Mihaylova, were respectively keynote speakers during the sessions on EU Interparliamentary cooperation and the future of the Cohesion Policy. Vivid debates took place at the discussions on the integration and connectivity of the Western Balkans, as well as the European Pillar of Social Rights.

The meeting, which was the final interparliamentary event of the Bulgarian National Assembly during the Bulgarian Presidency, was attended by the highest institutional representatives of the Republic of Bulgaria, including Prime Minister Borissov, two deputy Prime Ministers and several members of the government. It allowed delegations from the Parliaments of the EU Member States, candidate and observer countries, representatives of the European Commission and academics to meet each other, debate on various issues, and exchange ideas, sometimes quite tensely. At the side of the meeting, the Bulgarian Presidency completed its term with their warm hospitality. 


Photo credits: The National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria


ICM on EU Investing in its Transport Networks

An Interparliamentary Committee Meeting (ICM) on the EU Investing in its Transport Networks beyond 2020 took place on Wednesday, 20th of June in the European Parliament in Brussels.

An Interparliamentary Committee Meeting (ICM) on the EU Investing in its Transport Networks beyond 2020 took place on Wednesday, 20th of June in the European Parliament in Brussels. This conference brought together 33 Parliamentarians (31 from 16 Member States, 2 Parliamentarians from Norway and 2 from Serbia).

The opening remarks were given by Ms Karima Delli, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Transport and Tourism. The meeting has been structured around two sessions: first about the state of play and future perspectives in the transport networks and the second one about challenges and perspectives in the transport infrastructure investment post-2020. This was followed by the keynote speech and Q&A session with Mr Günter Oettinger, Commissioner for Budget & Finance. 

The very lively debates with 20 interventions from the Members of the national Parliaments gave the possibility to share their concerns and idea about the future of a multi-modal and sustainable transport networks. They highlighted the importance of the environment, the digital and decarbonize transport, the periphery regions, cross-border cooperation in Europe and beyond. They praised the Connecting Europe Facility and stressed the necessity of the proper funding in the next MFF. The most important key to success in transport policy is the coherent approach in setting the priorities at European and national levels. The EP Members thanked their colleagues from the Member States for the fruitful cooperation and support in elaboration and enforcing the transport objectives on the ground.

Commissioner Oettinger emphasized the importance of the subsidiarity principle and involvement of the national Parliaments in implementing the EU transport objectives.

The closing remarks were held by Ms Karima Delii, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Transport and Tourism.

The smooth cooperation between the Legislative Dialogue Unit (DG PRES) and the TRAN Committee (DG IPOL) in the organization of the event is an excellent example of inter-DG cooperation.

Report 2017 on Relations between the European Parliament and national Parliaments - now available in English in section "About" / "Annual reports"

The Directorate for Relations with National Parliaments has just published the 2017 report on the main events and forms of interparliamentary cooperation during 2017. The report is a collection of inspiring examples of joint work on areas of mutual interest. It shows that throughout 2017 national Parliaments contributed substantially to the EU debates on the most pressing political, legislative, as well as institutional issues.

Ms Mairead McGuinness and Mr Bogusław Liberadzki, European Parliament's Vice-Presidents responsible for relations with national Parliaments, co-signed the preface of the report.


An Interparliamentary Committee Meeting (ICM) on the Implementation of the Data Protection package at the eve of the entry into force took place on Tuesday, 15th of May in the European Parliament in Brussels

An Interparliamentary Committee Meeting (ICM) on the Implementation of the Data Protection package at the eve of the entry into force took place on Tuesday, 15th of May in the European Parliament in Brussels. This conference brought together 35 Parliamentarians from 17 Member States, 1 Parliamentarian from Norway and 24 Members of the European Parliament. President Tajani attended the meeting highlighting the importance of the new regulation in terms of security for citizens and the role national parliaments play in the transposition of EU law.

The opening remarks were given by Mr Jan Philip Albrecht, the rapporteur of the General Data Protection Regulation. This was followed by four panels on the Institutional Aspects, the Impact on the Private Sector including the SMEs, Technological Innovation and the Implementation of the Police Data Protection Directive. The very lively debates with 24 interventions from the Members of the national Parliaments gave the possibility to share their concerns about the implementation of the GDPR in their Member States (big companies versus SMEs, lack of the harmonized guidelines, etc), to exchange the best practices already in place in some countries (one-stop-shop, personnel training, specialized websites) and raise some important issues for the future (developing more European safe algorithms, monitoring by the EU Institutions, cooperation with the European Data Protection Supervisor, completing the adoption of the e-privacy Directive etc.).

President Tajani delivered a speech on the importance of this package to protect the fundamental rights of the EU population in the digital era. He wanted to support the initiative as the imminent entry into force (25th of May) of the Regulation is a very crucial thing for the security of the citizens as demonstrated by the recent Facebook incidents.

The closing remarks were held by Mr Artemi Rallo Lombarte from Spanish Parliament and Mr Claude Moraes, Chair of the LIBE Committee.

The excellent cooperation between the Legislative Dialogue Unit (DG PRES) and the LIBE Committee (DG IPOL) in the organization of the event could be considered once more as a best practice of cooperation between DGs.

ICM : The Future of Food and Farming

More than 100 participants attended an Interparliamentary Committee Meeting on 'The Future of Food and Farming in the new Common Agriculture Policy after 2020' on 24 April 2018. This conference, co-organized by the Directorate for National Parliaments, brought together 58 Parliamentarians from 22 EU Member States and 49 Members of the European Parliament. The high participation of Members as well as the vibrant debates made a successful contribution to the process of formulation of the future CAP on an interparliamentary level.

On 24 April 2018, the AGRI Committee, in collaboration with the Legislative Dialogue Unit (LDU) of the Directorate for Relations with National Parliaments, organized an Interparliamentary Committee Meeting on "Toward the CAP after 2020: The Future of Food and Farming".

The opening speeches were held by Mr Czesław Adam Siekierski, Chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI),  Mr Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development and Mr Rumen Porozhanov, Bulgarian Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. This was followed by two panels moderated by journalists.

The first panel focused on a modernised and results based CAP for sustainable growth, environmental protection, quality food, health and jobs in the EU. It was stressed by most of the speakers that keeping the CAP as an EU level competence, special focus on supporting young farmers and fighting the aging of farmers, as well as the introduction smart digital technologies in farming - ecological, consumer protection concerns and environment protection are all vital to keep in the future CAP.

The second panel was about how to implement the future CAP and improve synergies in the multi-level governance with strengthened subsidiarity. The important role of National Parliaments in this process was strongly emphasized.
The lively debates, where more than 50 speakers took the floor, gave the possibility to Parliamentarians from the Member States and MEPs to give their input to the forthcoming report of the EP on this issue, as the rapporteur, Mr Herbert Dorfmann MEP was participating in the debate. Members from National Parliaments took this opportunity also to raise their concerns and share their best national practices with MEPs.