Annual Report 2022 on the relations between the European Parliament and EU national Parliaments
The report gives an overview of all activities and developments in interparliamentary cooperation with national Parliaments in 2022, a cooperation involving 39 national Parliaments and Chambers across the 27 Member States and the European Parliament.
2022 was marked by the Russian Federation's unprovoked, illegal and unjustified war of aggression against Ukraine. The major recurrent topics discussed at numerous interparliamentary meetings included the EU's security and external action in response to the war in Ukraine, the post-COVID-19 pandemic recovery, the state of the rule of law in the Member States, the EU's NextGenerationEU and economic recovery plans and the outcome and the Conclusions of the Conference on the Future of Europe. These are only a few of the areas where national Parliaments played, and are still playing, an important role.
In 2022, many, though not all, interparliamentary meetings could be held in person again, for the first time since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the pandemic accelerated the use of digital tools, which will of course remain available and may still be very useful for organising certain meetings in hybrid or remote formats. Overall, the return to face-to-face and in-person meetings was very much welcomed and lent a new dynamic to interparliamentary activities in 2022.