Joint Parliamentary Meetings are organised jointly by the European Parliament and the national Parliament of the country holding the rotating Council Presidency.
Hosted by the European Parliament in Brussels, these meetings are co-chaired by the Presidents of the European Parliament and the Presidency Parliament. They do not aim at arriving at common conclusions but rather at improving parliamentary awareness of the need for oversight and control over decisions taken at EU level. They also seek to reinforce the links between Parliamentarians belonging to the same political families.
Joint Parliamentary Meetings deal in principle with cross-cutting issues such as the future of Europe, the economic crisis or sustainable development. The meeting format is especially suited for broader, more general discussions and requires complex and long preparations.
The most recent Joint Parliamentary Meeting took place in December 2011. This follows a general trend in interparliamentary cooperation to bring together specialised Parliamentarians to discuss specific issues. As part of the general "toolbox" of interparliamentary cooperation this meeting format could be used again to address overarching topics.