European Parliamentary Week

The European Parliament together with the French Parliament organized a virtual European Parliamentary Week 2022. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, this meeting was held remotely via a videoconference from the European Parliament in Brussels on 15-16 March 2022.

4 screens showing Presidents David Maria Sassoli, Eduardo Ferro Rodriguez, Ursula Von Der Leyen and Charles Michel holding their speech during the conference, with the EU flags and European Parliament logo in the backgound

For the first time since its inception in 2012, the European Parliament has organized remotely the European Parliamentary Week 2021. This virtual meeting, co-organized with the Portuguese Parliament, was held via a videoconference in the European Parliament, in Brussels on 22 February 2021.

Hot - air balloon with the flags of the Member States

For the first time since its inception in 2012, the European Parliament, together with the Portuguese Parliament, has organized remotely the European Parliamentary Week 2021. This virtual meeting was held via a video conference in the European Parliament, in Brussels on 22 February 2021.

President Sassoli surrounded by Vice Presidents Mairead Macguiness and Dita Charanzova, by Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis and other three participants, smiling, in the European Parliament hemicycle in Brussels

The EuropeanParliamentary Week 2020, co-organised by the European Parliament and the Croatian Presidency, took place last week (18-19/02). This conference brought together 111Parliamentarians from 28 Parliaments (34 chambers) from 25 Member States, 2 candidate countries and Norway.

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For the first time under this term of the European Parliament and in the context of the economic and budgetary policies scrutiny, the European Parliament together with the Croatian Presidency organised the European Parliamentary Week 2020.

Title and date of the event

In the context of the economic and budgetary policies scrutiny, the European Parliament together with the Romanian Presidency organised the European Parliamentary Week 2019, on 18 and 19 February 2019, at the European Parliament in Brussels.

The European Parliamentary Week (EPW) as organised by the European Parliament alongside National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Presidency Member State, took place on the 19 and 20 February 2018 at the premises of the European Parliament in Brussels.

The European Parliamentary Week (EPW) 2017 took place from 30 January to 1 February 2017 at the premises of the European Parliament in Brussels. The EPW brought together Parliamentarians from all over the European Union to discuss economic, budgetary and social matters.

The 2016 edition of the European Parliamentary Week (EPW) took place on 16 and 17 February. The event comprised the Interparliamentary Conference on Stability, Economic Coordination and Governance in the European Union and the Interparliamentary meeting on the European Semester Cycles 2015/2016.

The European Parliamentary Week 2015 took place from 3 to 4 February 2015 at the European Parliament in Brussels. The event brought together Parliamentarians from across the EU to discuss economic, budgetary and social issues.

Background info

The adoption of the intergovernmental agreement "Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in EMU" (TSCG or "Fiscal Compact") and the strengthening of the EU economic governance framework based on EU law ("Six Pack" and "Two Pack") in reaction to the economic and financial crises of 2008, in particular in the Euro Area, have transformed European economic governance considerably.

While democratic legitimacy and accountability have to be guaranteed at the level at which decisions are taken and implemented, the European Parliament has long held the view that interparliamentary cooperation has an important complementary role to play in order to exchange ideas and best practices between the stakeholders.

At the initiative of the European Parliament Committees on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON), on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) and on Budgets (BUDG), and with the support of the Conference of Speakers of EU Parliaments for such a meeting, the European Parliament organised first interparliamentary event on the European Semester for Economic Policy Coordination in February 2012. In January 2013, this meeting was renamed the European Parliamentary Week and has become the fixed point in the calendar of interparliamentary activities since then.

During the Conference of the Speakers of the EU Parliaments in Nicosia in April 2013, an agreement was reached to implement the provisions of the Article 13 of the Fiscal Compact on the organisation of a Conference "...to discuss budgetary policies and other issues covered under [that] Treaty".

This Interparliamentary Conference was convened for the first time in Vilnius (16-17 October 2013), followed by meetings in Brussels (20-21 January 2014, co-hosted and co-presided over by the European Parliament and the Hellenic Parliament), Rome (29-30 September 2014) and again in Brussels (4 February 2015, co-hosted and co-presided over by the European Parliament and the Latvian Parliament). Following the adoption of basic principles by the Conference of the Speakers of the EU Parliaments in Rome in April 2015, the Interparliamentary Conference adopted Rules of Procedure at its meeting in Luxembourg (9-10 November 2015).

According to the Rules of Procedure, the conference shall be named "Interparliamentary Conference on Stability, Economic Coordination and Governance in the European Union". It shall provide a framework for debate and exchange of information and best practices in implementing the provisions of the Treaty in order to strengthen cooperation between national Parliaments and the European Parliament, and contribute to ensuring democratic accountability in the area of economic governance and budgetary policy in the EU, particularly in the EMU, taking into account the social dimension and without prejudice to the competences of EU Parliaments.