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Next AFCO Committee Meeting on 14 July 2021

22-06-2021 - 19:01
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In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the President of the European Parliament has established a number of measures to contain the spread of the virus and to safeguard Parliament's core activities. The current precautionary measures do not affect work on legislative priorities. Core activities are maintained to ensure the smooth running of the institution's legislative, budgetary, and scrutiny functions. The meetings allow for remote participation in a virtual environment.

The next AFCO committee meeting is scheduled for 14 July 2021 at 09:00 - 12:00 and 16:45 - 18:45. The draft agenda will be published shortly.

The meeting will be held in Brussels and via video-conference, allowing Members to view and listen to proceedings, ask for the floor, and intervene. Other participants are invited to follow the meeting through web-streaming.

Highlights

22-06-2021 - 20:21

The vote on the draft report on strengthening transparency and integrity in the EU institutions by setting up an independent EU ethics body , prepared by Daniel Freund (Verts/ALE). During the committee meeting, was postponed during the AFCO meeting of 22 June 2021.

21-06-2021 - 10:34

On 22 June 2021, AFCO will vote on the amendments proposed in the draft report, as well as eight amendments tabled to the draft report on amendments to Parliament's Rules of Procedure by Ms. Gabrilele Bischoff (S&D).

21-06-2021 - 10:30

On 22 June 2021, AFCO will vote on its opinion in form of a letter prepared for the Committee on Budgets and the Committee on Budgetary Control report on the creation of guidelines for the application of the general regime of conditionality for the protection of the Union budget.

17-06-2021 - 17:29

At its meeting of 25 May 2021, AFCO endorsed the draft report on the Statute of the European Ombudsman with 24 votes for, none against and two abstentions. Once formally adopted by the plenary of 23-24 June 2021, the new statute will update the rules governing the performance of the Ombudsman’s duties, which have remained unaltered since before the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon.

16-06-2021 - 11:13

AFCO, in cooperation with the Legislative Dialogue Unit of the Directorate for Relations with national Parliaments, is inviting Members of national Parliaments of the EU Member States to attend a virtual Interparliamentary Committee Meeting (ICM) to exchange views and reflect on the European electoral law and on the provisions governing the right of inquiry.

08-06-2021 - 13:11

During this hearing, AFCO members will reflect on the current legislative process in the EU and on means for improving it. Among the issues that AFCO members will debate are Parliament's right of initiative, 'passerelle' clauses for extending the application of the ordinary legislative procedure and qualified majority voting, the transparency in the Council's working methods as legislator and the functioning of the different types of legislative procedures.

08-06-2021 - 13:07

At its upcoming meeting, the committee will consider the draft legislative initiative report on the modification of the EU electoral act. It proposes substantial overhaul of the current procedure for the elections to the European Parliament, by replacing the current legal framework with a modernised procedure that aims to enhance the democratic and pan-European character of the elections and at increasing citizens’ political awareness on European issues and participation in the same elections.

08-06-2021 - 12:58

AFCO Members will vote on the this draft report which looks at ways to give citizens a more meaningful say in EU decision-making. It suggests developing permanent participatory mechanisms, in order to allow for a regular and effective involvement of citizens in the decision-making process.

01-06-2021 - 15:31

Election of fourth AFCO Vice-Chair - Public Hearing on the statute and financing of European political parties and European political foundations - Votes

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