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Open for registration! 11 – 12.9. 2019: EIPA course in Maastricht on “National Parliaments and the EU: Improving Scrutiny and Cooperation” in association with IPEX

07/06/2019
The European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) in Maastricht (NL) has developed in association with IPEX the seminar “National Parliaments and the EU: Improving Scrutiny and Cooperation” which takes place on 11 - 12 September 2019 in Maastricht.

The seminar will offer a detailed overview of the role of national and regional parliaments as a key issue for good European governance. Through a combination of interaction with academic specialists, exchanges of practice and input from experienced parliamentary practitioners, the aim is to help make the most of available opportunities to exercise scrutiny, as well as to participate in interparliamentary cooperation and to contribute to policy debate at the EU level.

The seminar is designed not only for officials of national and regional parliaments in the EU member states but also for officials of EU institutions and bodies concerned with national parliaments.

For more information and registration, please consult the EIPA website.

Source: IPEX

ITALIAN PARLIAMENT: HEARING OF EU COMMISSIONER MIGUEL ARIAS CAÑETE

06/06/2019
On 6 June 2019, the hearing of EU Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete for Climate Action and Energy was held in the Italian Parliament. Mr Cañete illustrated the EU long-term strategy for a modern, competitive and climate neutral economy. 
The hearing took place at the Chamber of Deputies premises in a joint sitting of the Chamber Committees on Environment, territory, public works, Economic activities, trade, tourism, European Union policies and the Senate Committees on Industry, trade, tourism, Environment, environmental properties, land, European Union Policies (https://webtv.camera.it/evento/14488).       
The EU Affairs Department of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate Research Service published a dossier (https://temi.camera.it/leg18/dossier/OCD18-12225/audizione-del-commissario-europeo-l-azione-clima-e-l-energia-miguel-arias-canete-roma-6-giugno-2019.html).

Source: The Italian Parliament

Portuguese parliament Assembleia da República will hold a public hearing about the Commission Work Programme 2019

02/05/2019
The Portuguese parliament Assembleia da República will hold a public hearing about the Commission Work Programme 2019 - Delivering what we promised and preparing for the future, with the European Commissioner Carlos Moedas, tomorrow, 23rd April, at 15:00 (Lisbon time). This hearing can be followed live at the link here.

Source: The Portuguese Assembleia da República

Dutch Senate adopts its European priorities

02/05/2019
The European Work Programme 2019 of the Dutch Senate, the list of priorities selected from the Commission Work Programme 2019 (COM(2018)800), is available. The list was approved on 16 April 2019 and can be found here.

Source: The Dutch Senate

Commissioner Barnier visits the Swedish Riksdag

02/05/2019
On 4 April 2019, Mr Michel Barnier, the European Commission's chief negotiator on Brexit, visited the Riksdag (the Swedish parliament). At a meeting with the Speaker Andreas Norlén and nineteen members of the Riksdag, Mr Barnier made a presentation on the negotiation process explaining the structure and details of the withdrawal agreement and the outline of the political declaration on the future relationship between the EU and the United Kingdom. The presentation was followed by an exchange of views on the latest developments. During the visit to Stockholm, Mr Barnier also met with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.

Source: The Swedish Riksdag

Italian Chamber of Deputies newsletter on EU affairs

02/05/2019
The latest issue of Camer@UE, the Italian Chamber of Deputies newsletter on EU affairs, is online here

Source: Italian Chamber of Deputies

„The Interparliamentary Conference on the future of Europe adds consistency to the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU”

02/05/2019
Monday, April 1st 2019, exactly in the middle of the Romanian mandate at Presidency of the EU Council, Mr Angel Tîlvăr, chair of the Committee on European Affairs of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies, presided the works of the second session „Future Society, citizens and values in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution”

„The conference is all the more useful, given the challenges the EU must respond to are important: Brexit, European Parliament elections, Multiannual Financial Framework or the increase in unpredictability of global evolutions. The Conference gives a parliamentary input to the discussions that will take place in Sibiu and, therefore, I am glad that the issues Romania chose as priorities are areas of interest for the participants.”

The event is structured in four sessions dedicated to future policies, to the defence of European citizens and values, in the age of the fourth industrial revolution. The debates also centred on the necessity for reforming the economic model, European neighbourhood and Euro-Atlantic relations.

The Conference brought together parliamentarians from 29 countries, members of Government, representatives of the diplomatic corps, personalities from the academia, as well as delegates of the European political groups.

„I believe that is not premature to say that the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union is one which should reconfirm the European vocation of our country” concluded Mr Tîlvăr, the Chair of the Committee on European Affairs of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies.

Source: The Romanian Chamber of Deputies

Government Statement of Chancellor Angela Merkel and lively debate with regard to upcoming European Council

22/03/2019
On 21 March 2019 the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, made a government statement tothe German Bundestag with regard to the upcoming European Council to be held on 21 and 22 March. She argued in favour of an orderly exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union and showed willingness to support an extension of the deadline for Brexit until 30 June 2019 under the condition of a positive vote of the House of Commons for the negotiated withdrawal agreement.

The minutes of the parliamentary debate in German can be found here: http://dip21.bundestag.de/dip21/btp/19/19089.pdf

In the lively parliamentary debate two motions were tabled by the parliamentary group “Bündnis 90/DIE GRÜNEN” and rejected by the majority. Aim of the motions was to change from unanimity to qualified majority votes in the areas of tax policy (http://dip21.bundestag.de/dip21/btd/19/086/1908606.pdf) and of Common Foreign and Security Policy (http://dip21.bundestag.de/dip21/btd/19/086/1908605.pdf).

Source: Deutscher Bundestag

Chair of the Committee on European Affairs of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies, Mr Angel Tîlvăr: Joint efforts are necessary for the smart and efficient development of the Danube Region, with the parliamentary dimension playing an important role as a facilitator of a broad regional policy dialogue

21/03/2019
The Palace of the Parliament hosted on 21st March 2019 the 6th Conference of Danube Parliamentarians, an event organized on the margins of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region ( EUSDR).

Addressing to the participants as moderator, Mr Angel Tîlvăr underlined that „Danube countries can only support sustainable regional development through cooperation. The themes proposed for debate today are not randomly chosen, both research and innovation and promoting culture and tourism having a huge potential in developing economic and social territorial cohesion and in reducing disparities between States participating in the EUSDR”.

Considering that the EU Strategy for the Danube Region is a key factor in political cooperation in Central and Eastern Europe, Romania has contributed with a number of initiatives to the Danube Strategy.

„Around 30% of the Danube basin is on Romanian territory and this requires a lot of responsibility in the implementation of the regional strategy. Geography is stronger than any ideology. Is encouraging to see that decision-makers, experts and inhabitants of the Danube Region are increasingly aware of the importance of regional cooperation” said Mr Tîlvăr, highlighting the role of the Danube in the cooperation between the countries through which it passes.

Key speakers included Mr Veroljub ARSIĆ, Vice-President of the National Assembly of Serbia, Mr István JAKAB, Vice-President of the Hungarian National Assembly, and Deputy Minister for Tourism from Bulgaria, Mr Luben Kanchev.

The event was attended by representatives of the Government, parliamentarians, ambassadors and other members of the diplomatic corps.

The conclusions of the meeting were included in a Joint Statement, submitted to the representatives of Croatia, which will hold the EUSDR Presidency in 2020 and will organize the 7th edition of the Conference of Danube Parliamentarians.

Source: The Romanian Chamber of Deputies

Speaker of the Croatian Parliament participated in the XVI Conference of Parliaments AII

21/03/2019
Speaker of Croatian Sabor Gordan Jandroković said on Tuesday, 19th March that during its chairmanship of the Council of the European Union Croatia would strongly advocate the EU integration of Western Balkan countries, based on individual merit and fulfilment of membership criteria. "In less than a year Croatia will for the first time chair the Council of the European Union, and enlargement will be one of our four priorities, along with economic growth and employment, connectivity and security," Jandroković said at a conference of parliament speakers of Adriatic-Ionian Initiative member states in the Montenegrin coastal town of Budva.

The Adriatic-Ionian Initiative was launched in Ancona in 2000, bringing together nine countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia. It serves as a forum for exchanging political views and promoting multilateral cooperation in areas such as transport, maritime affairs, tourism, education, protection of the environment and cultural heritage, and combating all forms of organised crime.

On the margins of the conference, Jandroković met with Albanian Parliament Speaker Gramoz Ruci, expressing support for Albania's EU membership bid and reform efforts. He said that Croatia was willing to continue to provide Albania with professional and technical assistance, especially through parliamentary cooperation, inviting Ruci to visit Croatia. The two officials agreed that the initiative was a good framework for cooperation in the Adriatic-Ionian region.

"Albania is important to us because we share the Adriatic region and we have a problem with refuse coming from Albania. This forum is a chance for us to discuss environmental protection in the Adriatic because the Adriatic is a very important resource that ensures tourism development and it won't remain this way unless we look after it ecologically," Jandroković said.

Montenegrin Prime Minister Duško Marković said in his opening remarks that dialogue was a necessary precondition for strengthening the partnership and promoting cooperation in tourism, culture, sustainable fisheries and clean energy in the Adriatic-Ionian region.

Source: Croatian Parliament/Croatian news agency HINA
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