Upcoming Interparliamentary Committee Meeting on "The first Annual Rule of Law Report by the Commission and the role of national Parliaments" - 10 November

Juan Fernando López Aguilar, Chair LIBE Committee / © European Union 2020 - EP_Daina LE LARDIC

The EP's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) will organize an Interparliamentary Committee Meeting (ICM) with National Parliaments on 10 November 2020 in Brussels on "The first Annual Rule of Law Report by the Commission and the role of national Parliaments". 

Members of the EU national Parliaments are invited to this ICM to share their views and experience on the role of national Parliaments in the context of the EU efforts to protect and enforce the Union values.

The aim of the meeting is to assess the first Annual Rule of Law Report adopted by the European Commission on 30 September 2020, in the context of the Democracy, Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights mechanism proposedby the European Parliament. It will also provide an overview of the impact ofCOVID-19 measures on Democracy, Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights, with a particular focus on the scrutiny exercised by national Parliaments during this period.

Due to the restrictions taken by the European Parliament to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will be conducted by remote participation via an online multilingual meeting tool and it will take place on Tuesday 10 November, from 14h15 to 18h40.

The meeting will be web streamed and can be followed in realtime online on the EP website.

Interparliamentary Committee Meeting with the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) - 27 October 2020

The EP's Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) organized an Interparliamentary Committee Meeting (ICM) with National Parliaments on 27 October 2020 in Brussels on "Better Law Making from a digital perspective".  

The aim of the meeting was to discuss the role that digitization plays in the legislative process and how to ensure that new legislation is in accordance with modern requirements.

The JURI Committee invited Members of National Parliaments to the ICM to share their views and experience while giving a positive and essential contribution in the discussion.

Due to the restrictions taken by the European Parliament to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting took place by remote participation via an online meeting tool on Tuesday 27 October, from 13h45 to 15h45 (CET).

The meeting was web streamed and could be followed in real time on the EP website of the EP.

C A N C E L L E D - FEMM Interparliamentary committee meeting on the occasion of the 2020 International Women's Day

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Please be informed that the FEMM International Women's Day 2020 event, which was planned to take place on 5th March 2020, is CANCELLED. In light of the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the President of the European Parliament announced in a press conference on March 2nd, and for the course of three weeks, that 130 events at Parliament premises, which were expected to be attended by 6000 to 7000 participants, are cancelled.

On the occasion of the 2020 International Women's Day, the European Parliament Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) in cooperation with the Legislative Dialogue Unit of the Directorate for Relations with national Parliaments, is inviting Members of the national Parliaments of the EU Member States to attend an Interparliamentary Committee Meeting (ICM).  This year edition is an opportunity to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

The event is organised around two thematic areas. The first session will tackle the Beijing+25 and Next Steps towards Generation Equality, and the second one will be dedicated to Women Leadership in the Fight for Climate Justice.

This ICM will provide a global forum for an exchange of best practices and knowledge sharing. At the same time, it will allow to gain insights into the recent developments in the gender equality field.

The meeting will take place on Thursday, 5 March 2020 from 9.00 to12.30 at the European Parliament in Brussels.

AFET Interparliamentary committee meeting on “EU foreign policy priorities for the new institutional cycle”

A first exchange with the new EU leadership took place in Brussels on 4 December 2019

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The Interparliamentary committee meeting of the Foreign Affairs Committee enabled a first exchange between the new EU leadership and parliamentarians from the national Parliaments and the European Parliament, at the outset of the new mandate.

Mr Joseph Borell, High Representative/Vice-President of the European Commission and Mr Olivér Várhelyi, Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood participated at the meeting.

The half-day meeting took place from 14:00-17:00 in the afternoon on Wednesday, 4 December 2019, in room JAN 2Q2 in the EP premises in Brussels.

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.

Lively interparliamentary debate on the European Semester and its impact on national economies ©EU-EP

The discussion focused on the implementation of the 2019 European Semester priorities, as well as on the priorities for the 2020 Annual Growth Survey, which will be the basis for next year's Economic Semester. The meeting allowed expressing the opinions and positions of the correspondent committees from national Parliaments on the Country-Specific Recommendations and on the draft European Parliament's report on the economic policies of the euro area.

The lively debate chaired by Mr. Niedermayer, Vice-Chair of the ECON committee, allowed the participants to share their concerns and ideas about the European Semester exercise and its impact on the national economies. The speakers highlighted the importance of the European Semester as a tool to coordinate the economic policies and its coherent approach in setting the priorities at European and national levels. Some Parliamentarians acknowledged the importance of the European Pillar of Social Rights and climate change in the field of economic governance. Taxation policy and more private investment were mentioned as possible factors to help boost economic growth.

In his closing remarks, the Chair thanked the colleagues from the Member States for the fruitful cooperation. Many competences in the field of economic policy are in the hands of the national Parliaments. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to all the legislative work of the European Parliament to know the reality from the national ground.

The debate will continue next week (29/09-1/10) in Helsinki during the bi-annual Interparliamentary Conference on Stability, Economic Coordination and Governance in the European Union (Art.13 Conference).


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

© European Union 2019 – EP/photographer 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.

The meeting, which was the last AFET ICM in this legislature, focussed on three important aspect of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP):

Following the opening remarks of Mr David McAllister, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, an exchange of views was held on the future of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) including a debate on the last AFET annual report on the CFSP. The main items discussed were the challenges the EU faces nowadays, the positions of Members States towards qualified majority voting in the Council on CFSP and the EU's need to focus on displaying a stronger leadership in terms of foreign security policy. Moreover, the interventions also focused on topics as how illegal immigration affects the different EU Member States, the importance of keeping the UK close to CFSP in the future and on the EU-NATO cooperation.

The second panel of the ICM was organized on the EU's future relations with the UK after Brexit, with the participation of EU Chief Negotiator, Mr Michel Barnier. He stated: "I trust we can complete these Brexit negotiations in a positive way, in order for the EU to square up to the numerous challenges that are becoming even more serious for us: climate change, the economy, technological warfare, migration and European defence."

In the third panel the way forward for the European Neighbourhood Policy(ENP) and Enlargement Policy was debated with European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Mr Johannes Hahn. The main topic discussed were the EU accession of the Western Balkans in order to export stability and foster reforms. The Commissioner also emphasised the importance of the existence of rule of law at both international and national level.

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

Women's Power in Politics, 7 March 2019 (FEMM)