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The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020 presented parliamentary institutions around the world with a new and unprecedented scenario. Parliamentary rules of procedure in representative democracies are commonly built upon the principles of pluralism, deliberation and transparency, aiming to provide an arena in which representatives of the people have the opportunity to publicly confront each other's points of view in a free and fair setting. It is, therefore, safe to say that ordinary ...

The European Parliament has been trying to strengthen its powers to conduct in-depth investigations into contraventions or maladministration in the implementation of Union law since 2012, but has so far failed to gain the consent of the Commission or Council for the modification of the legal framework applicable to its committees of inquiry. These powers may also be discussed as part of the Conference on the future of Europe. Analysing the scope and functioning of Parliament's committees of inquiry ...

Auf der November-I-Plenartagung soll das Europäische Parlament über einen Bericht über die Umsetzung der Verordnung über das Statut und die Finanzierung europäischer politischer Parteien und europäischer politischer Stiftungen abstimmen. Das Europäische Parlament muss bis zum 31. Dezember 2021 und anschließend alle fünf Jahre über die Anwendung der Verordnung Bericht erstatten und gegebenenfalls Änderungen vorschlagen. Die Kommission ist ebenfalls verpflichtet, parallel einen Umsetzungsbericht und ...

Hearings are used by parliamentary committees as a way to obtain evidence on specific subjects to inform their work and as public forums to give citizens access to information on policy issues. Committee hearings take different forms depending on their specific purposes. Oversight and legislative hearings are frequently used to hold the executive to account and to inform parliaments' choices as regards proposed or adopted legislation. Investigative hearings, usually held in the context of parliamentary ...

Auf der Plenartagung Juni I werden der Rat und die Europäische Kommission voraussichtlich mündliche Anfragen des Ausschusses für konstitutionelle Fragen (AFCO) des Europäischen Parlaments zu dem Vorschlag des Parlaments zur Aufhebung des Beschlusses 95/167/EG (der derzeit das Untersuchungsrecht des Parlaments regelt) beantworten und eine neue Verordnung zur Stärkung seiner Untersuchungsbefugnisse erlassen. Unter Hinweis auf die fehlende Bereitschaft des Rates, politische Verhandlungen mit dem Parlament ...

Data on returns of irregular migrants

Auf einen Blick 23-03-2021

The Return Directive is the main piece of EU legislation governing return procedures. In general terms, under this directive, Member States must issue a return decision (an administrative or judicial decision imposing an obligation to leave the territory) for every third-country national found to be irregularly present on their territory. A proposal to recast the EU Return Directive is currently under discussion in the European Parliament and in Council. This infographic sets out the key data relating ...

Recasting the Return Directive

Briefing 11-03-2021

The Return Directive is the main piece of EU (European Union) legislation governing the procedures and criteria to be applied by Member States when returning irregularly staying third-country nationals, and a cornerstone of EU return policy. Taking into account the decrease in the EU return rate (from 45.8 % in 2016 to 28.9 % in 2019) and following European Council and Council calls to review the 2008 legal text to enhance the effectiveness of EU return policy, in September 2018 the Commission proposed ...

Aiming to feed into the forthcoming Conference on the Future of Europe and debate in the European Parliament on possible reforms of the 1976 European Electoral Act, this paper from the European Parliamentary Research Service analyses the main proposals to create a European constituency (or constituencies), in which Members of the European Parliament would be elected from transnational electoral lists. Such proposals have been discussed over the years in the European Parliament itself, as well as ...

Diese Studie untersucht die Normsetzung, mit der die 27 Mitgliedstaaten der Union auf die erste Phase der COVID 19-Pandemie (März bis Mitte Juni 2020) reagierten, sowie die parlamentarische Kontrolle der ergriffenen Maßnahmen. In der Studie wird die allgemein effiziente Normsetzung der Mitgliedstaaten deutlich: Auf dem ersten Höhepunkt der Gesundheitskrise gab es nur sehr wenige Mitgliedstaaten, die nicht bereits über die für die Eindämmungsmaßnahmen der Regierung erforderlichen Befugnisse verfügten ...

Taking stock of the 2019 European elections

Auf einen Blick 19-11-2020

At its second November plenary session, Parliament is expected to vote on an own-initiative report taking stock of the May 2019 European elections, the ninth direct elections to the European Parliament since the first ones in 1979, and of the subsequent appointment of the College of Commissioners. This report makes concrete proposals to strengthen the electoral process and enhance its European dimension.