Annual Reports

The Annual Reports of the Directorate for Relations with National Parliaments present the major challenges and developments of interparliamentary cooperation in the EU.

Annual Report of the Directorate for Relations with National Parliaments: challenges and developments of interparliamentary cooperation in the EU

In 2019, interparliamentary cooperation remained largely supported on all levels by EP committees, political bodies (mainly the Conference of Presidents and the Conference of Committee Chairs) and political groups.

The annual meeting with the Conference of Speakers of EU Parliaments took place in April in Romania and four meetings of the Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs (COSAC) were organised.

Interparliamentary Conferences such as the European Parliamentary Week and the Inter-parliamentary Conference on Stability, Economic Coordination and Governance in the European Union (IPC SECG) were organised jointly with the two Presidencies of the Council of the EU, as well as the 14th and 15th edition of the Interparliamentary Conference for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the Common Security and Defence Policy. They remained fora for animated interparliamentary exchange.

The fourth and fifth meeting of the Europol Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group featured standing items, such as in-depth exchanges of views with the Executive Director of Europol on Europol's activities challenges, as well as thematic debates.

Seven Interparliamentary Committee Meetings (ICMs) were organised by EP Committees, providing for debates between 232 Members of national Parliaments and 190 Members of the European Parliament.

In 2019, a number of topics resurfaced in discussions in most interparliamentary forums, such as Brexit and the EU's new multiannual financial framework. Common values and the rule of law, climate change, the Western Balkans and the European neighbourhood policy were also discussed on many occasions, not least because these topics were priorities of the EU Presidencies in 2019.

The Annual Report of the Directorate for Relations with National Parliaments gives an overview of all activities and developments in interparliamentary cooperation with national Parliaments in 2019. 


Report 2013/2014 on "Interparliamentary relations between the European Parliament and national Parliaments under the Treaty of Lisbon"