ECON Committee Exchange of Views with National Parliaments

An exchange of views between Members from national Parliaments and Members of the European Parliament's Committee for Economic and Monetary affairs (ECON) took place on Tuesday, 24 September 2019 in the European Parliament in Brussels. The meeting brought together 12 Parliamentarians and 31 officials from national Parliaments of 19 Member States as well as 43 Members of the European Parliament.

Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group on Europol (JPSG) on 23-24 September 2019

The Fifth Meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group on Europol took place on 23 and 24 September 2019 in the European Parliament in Brussels. It was co-organised and co-chaired by the European Parliament and the Finnish Parliament. The meeting brought together 65 Parliamentarians of 37 Parliaments/Chambers from 27 Member States and 12 MEPs from the European Parliament delegation to the JPSG, re-established following the European elections.

Inter-Parliamentary Conference for the CFSP/CSDP: rules-based global order increasingly challenged

"The EU needs to take on a global leadership role and actively defend and promote our common values and interests in the world," the co-chairs said in their final statement of the 15th Inter-parliamentary Conference (IPC) for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the Common Security and Defence Policy (CFSP/CSDP). They continued: "At a time when others are increasingly challenging the rules-based global order, we Europeans must defend multilateralism, international law, democracy and human rights."

The IPC held in Helsinki on 4-6 September 2019 was attended by193 parliamentarians from the EU Member States, the European Parliament, EU candidate countries and countries attending as guests.

Annual Report 2018

2018 marked an intensive and active year for interparliamentary cooperation. This was also reflected in the intensive work of the Directorate for Relations with National Parliaments. A high number of interparliamentary conferences, meetings and debates and a record number of bilateral visits took place throughout the year.

The annual activity report of the Directorate for Relations with National Parliaments gives an overview of all activities and developments in interparliamentary cooperation with national Parliaments in 2018. You can find below the full report.

Conference of the Speakers of the EU Parliaments, Vienna 8-9 April 2019

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The annual Conference of the Speakers of EU Parliaments (EUSC) took place in Vienna, on 8-9 April 2019. It was chaired by Mr Wolfgang Sobotka, Speaker of the National Council of Austria, and Mr. Ingo Appé, Speaker of the Federal Council of Austria.

The European Parliament was represented by its First Vice-President Mairead McGuinness who delivered a keynote speech at the opening session of the Conference. Mrs McGuinness pointed out the challenges that EU is currently facing and underlined the need to work closely in order to achieve a high turnout at the upcoming European elections. She referred to the fruitful cooperation between the European Parliament and the national Parliaments, which has been intensified and broadened during the last years.

The first session of the Conference was dedicated to "The European Union and its neighbours" and it was introduced by the Speaker of the Slovakian National Council, Mr Andrej Danko, the Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament, Mr. Nikos Voutsis, and the Speaker of the Italian Chamber of Deputies. Mr. Roberto Fico. The debate focused on the enlargement perspective of Western Balkan countries and on the Eastern Partnership, as well as the situation in Southern Mediterranean region.

The second session was dedicated to "the European Union ahead of the 2019 European Elections - further development of cooperation between national Parliaments and European Institutions". Keynote speakers were the President of the German Bundestag, Mr. Wolfgang Schäuble, the President of the Dutch Senate, Mrs. Ankie Broekers-Knol, the President of the French Senate, Mr. Gérard Larcher and the President of the Polish Sejm, Mr. Marek Kuchinski.

At the end of the meeting, the EUSC adopted its Conclusions on neighbourhood policy and enlargement, and on the European Elections, European values, democratic resilience and subsidiarity. The Conclusions, which reflected the common view, were adopted in formally consensual way. Finally, the EUSC gave a mandate to the Finnish Presidency to organise a working group to put forward proposals for a technical update of the 2008 Lisbon Guidelines for Interparliamentary Cooperation in the EU.

The next Conference of the Speakers of the EU Parliaments will be organised by the Finnish Presidency and will take place in Helsinki, in May 2020.

Lively interparliamentary debate on EU-UK relations after Brexit, the future of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy

© European Union 2019 – EP/phototgrapher Benoit BOURGEOIS

In keeping with its tradition of hosting colleagues from national Parliaments, the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET)invited Members of EU national Parliaments to attend a half-day long interparliamentary committee meeting (ICM) on 2 April 2019 in the morning at the European Parliament in Brussels. The meeting was very well attended with 41MEPs and 25 MPs from 19 national Parliaments from Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland (both Chambers), Portugal, Romania (both Chambers), Slovenia, Spain and the UK.

International Women´s Day 2019: “Have faith and believe in yourself”

An Interparliamentary Committee Meeting on "Women's Power in Politics" celebrating International Women's Day 2019, took place on 7 March in the European Parliament in Brussels. The meeting brought together 22 Parliamentarians from 16 Member States, 1 Parliamentarian from Norway and 15 MEPs. Ms Vilija Blinkevičiūtė, President of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality chaired the meeting. In his opening words, EP President Antonio Tajani, called for the need for more women in power in politics, but also in businesses. 

Inter-Parliamentary Conference for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the Common Security and Defence Policy 7-8 March 2019

Family photo IPC for the CFSP/CSDP in Bucharest 7-8 March 2019 © ro2019eu

120 parliamentarians from the national parliaments from 27 EU Member States and the European Parliament came together in Bucharest on 7 and 8 March 2019 for the 14th Inter-Parliamentary Conference for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the Common Security and Defence Policy. Just a few months before the European elections, they discussed current foreign and security policy challenges, such as the security of the Black Sea region, the EU's relations with its eastern neighbours and the future of EU foreign policy after Brexit. 


European Parliamentary Week 2019 ©European Union-EP

In the context of the economic and budgetary policies scrutiny, the European Parliament together with the Romanian Presidency organised the European Parliamentary Week2019, on 18 and 19 February 2019, at the European Parliament in Brussels. The conference brought together 128 Parliamentarians from 27 Member States, 5 candidate countries and Norway and Switzerland to discuss economic, budgetary and social matters. Itconsisted of the European Semester Conference and the Interparliamentary Conference on Stability, Economic Coordination and Governance in the European Union. This was the eighth edition of this event and the last one for this legislature.

Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group on Europol (JPSG) on 24-25 February 2019

3rd meeting of the JPSG on Europol- Presentation of JPSG priorities by Presidential Troika 2018-2019 (© European Union – EP: Emilie GOMEZ)

The 4th Meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group on Europol (JPSG) took place on 24-25 February 2019, in Bucharest, Romania, in the framework of the parliamentary dimension of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. Reporting on recent activities of Europol and of its Management Board featured high on the agenda of the meeting. These items were complemented by an address by Sir Julian King, Commissioner for the Security Union,  reporting from the European Data Protection Supervisor and by exchanges of views on the Europol Travel Intelligence Centre (ETIC) and the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3).