Improving the public perception and efficiency of the work of the European Parliament - mandate for a working group on reform of the Parliament
The European Parliament's Conference of Presidents (leaders of each of the political groups) unanimously agreed on Thursday a mandate for a special working group on parliamentary reform. At the meeting, Parliament's President Hans-Gert Poettering presented to the group leaders his own reform proposals which formed the basis of the decision.
- Examination of the working practices of committees, with focus on the codecision procedure, "Better Regulation", comitology, impact assessment, transposition into national law and implementation, simplification, programming, conciliation;
- Examination of the structure and mandate (duration, responsibilities) and composition;
- Improving coordination between committees and delegations.
- Making sessions more lively and interesting;
- More efficient handling of amendments in plenary;
- Annual debate on Parliament's priorities after preparation by the Conference of Presidents and accompanied by a communications strategy;
- Introduction of a "State of the Union" debate;
- Measures to increase the obligation of the Commission and Council to be accountable before Parliament;
- Measures to increase the presence of members during important sessions;
- Strengthening of public and media interest in parliamentary debates and decisions.
- A more satisfactory carrying out of the work of committees, groups and the plenary;
- More optimal planning of meetings with a view to a better use of the available resources, in particular interpretation;
- Review of the current practice of renewing the senior positions in Parliament halfway through the legislature.
- Review of the effectiveness of the framework agreement with the Commission, of Parliament's role as co-legislator and joint budgetary authority as well as the structure and organisation of relations with the Council.