Documentation from the Workshop on Council Discharge - Finding Solutions

15-05-2017

Different perceptions of the institutional role of the Council and of the Parliament in the discharge exercise, and the Council's lack of cooperation with Parliament by refusing to reply to the questionnaire sent annually in the frame of the discharge, led the Parliament to refuse granting discharge to the Secretary General of the Council in relation to the financial years 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Given the importance of cooperation between the two institutions and responsibility before the EU citizens, the Parliament stresses an urgent need for better dialogue. The Parliament as a discharge authority is looking for ways to solve the institutional conflict and to move forward in the process of granting discharge to the Council. The workshop should discuss ways to solve the institutional conflict by strengthening the Parliament's role as the discharge authority.

Different perceptions of the institutional role of the Council and of the Parliament in the discharge exercise, and the Council's lack of cooperation with Parliament by refusing to reply to the questionnaire sent annually in the frame of the discharge, led the Parliament to refuse granting discharge to the Secretary General of the Council in relation to the financial years 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Given the importance of cooperation between the two institutions and responsibility before the EU citizens, the Parliament stresses an urgent need for better dialogue. The Parliament as a discharge authority is looking for ways to solve the institutional conflict and to move forward in the process of granting discharge to the Council. The workshop should discuss ways to solve the institutional conflict by strengthening the Parliament's role as the discharge authority.

Autor extern

Dr. Giacomo BENEDETTO, Jean Monnet Chair in EU Budget Policy, Royal Holloway, University of London Dr. David RINALDI, Research Fellow at CEPS Dr. Hartmut ADEN, Professor of European and German Public Law, Berlin School of Economics and Law Dr. Maria-Luisa SANCHEZ-BARRUECO, Senior Lecturer of European Union Law, University of Deusto Dr. Paul STEPHENSON, Assistant Professor, University of Maastricht