15.02.2017 - The EU-Canada Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) was approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday 15 February 2017. The landmark trade deal, negotiations for which were launched in May 2009, was declared a mixed agreement by the European Commission in July 2016, thereby requiring ratification at the national level. The Directorate for Relations with National Parliaments has therefore compiled a briefing on the processes of ratification of mixed agreementsin each of the EU's 28 Member States.
28.11.2016 - With a view to fostering a common debate, discussing legislation and sharing experiences Parliament will host three interparliamentary meetings this week. This time round it is the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), the Constitutional Affairs' Committee (AFCO) and the Committee on International Trade (INTA) who will welcome a total of 91 Members of national Parliaments and their accompanying delegations from 30 chambers in 23 member states.
All three debates are part of a regular interparliamentary exchange at committee level, which will see nine encounters between parliamentarians in autumn 2016. It is the Legislative Dialogue Unit in the Directorate with Relations with national Parliaments who is in charge of organising the meetings in close cooperation with the Committee Secretariats.
29.09.2016 - On 28 September, the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) of the European Parliament discussed the draft report on the "European Semester for economic policy coordination: implementation of 2016 priorities" with representatives of national Parliaments. MEPs and national MPs debated the assessment of the 2016 European Semester as well as the priorities for the 2017 Annual Growth Survey, which will be the basis for next year's European Semester.