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Finland: The Grand Committee adopted Parliament's position on the EU own resources system

01/10/2020
On 30 September, the Grand Committee agreed on behalf of Parliament with the Finnish government regarding the proposal for Council decision on the system of own resources of the European Union. The government proposed that Finland accepts the European Council president's draft decision as it is based on the conclusions of the European Council meeting in July.

Three dissensions were appended to the committee statement.

The draft Council decision would, for example, introduce a new national contribution based on non-recycled plastic packaging waste as a new revenue source and authorise the Commission to proceed with borrowing EUR 750 billion for the COVID-19 recovery instrument.

Source: Finnish Parliament

Europol’s work in times of COVID : the fight against extremism and future challenges

29/09/2020
MEPs and members of national parliaments will take stock of Europol activities in the midst of the pandemic, the fight against right-wing extremism and terrorism and its future role.

The seventh meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group on Europol (JPSG) will take place on 28-29 September 2020 in Brussels. The group will also look into the challenges related to Brexit that the EU police agency faces.

Europol Executive Director Ms Catherine De Bolle, Commissioner for Home Affairs Ms Ylva Johansson and Federal Minister of the Interior, Building and Community of Germany, Mr Horst Seehofer, on behalf of the Presidency of the Council, will present their views to MEPs and national parliamentarians.

On Monday, the JSPG will focus on Europol activities in the context of Covid-19 crisis, with participation of the European Data Protection Supervisor Mr Wojciech Wiewiórowski. There will also be a debate on the fight against right-wing extremism and terrorism, with among others representatives from the German police. On Tuesday, the discussions will focus on the future role of Europol and Brexit related challenges.

When: Monday, 28 September, from 14.00 to 18.30, and Tuesday 29 September, from to 10.00 to 12.00.

Where: European Parliament in Brussels, SPAAK 3C50, and remotely.

Background

The JPSG was established in 2016 and provides a joint forum for Members of national parliaments and the European Parliament to carry out the scrutiny and oversight of Europol’s activities, with particular attention given to questions related to the fundamental rights.

The meetings take place at least twice a year and are chaired together by the European Parliament and the country holding the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Due to COVID-19 pandemic the meeting of the 6th JPSG planned for 22-23 March 2020 in Zagreb had to be cancelled, however contributions were received in writing.

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Source: European Parliament

7th Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group on Europol (JPSG) meeting, remote from Brussels 28-29 September 2020

25/09/2020
The seventh meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group on Europol (JPSG) will take place on 28-29 September 2020 in Brussels and via remote participation due to the pandemic. The JPSG brings together Members of national parliaments and the European Parliament to fulfil the scrutiny and oversight on the activities of Europol including on fundamental rights.

The JPSG meets at least twice a year. It is Co-Chaired by the European Parliament and the country holding the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The agenda includes interventions by Europol Executive Director, Ms Catherine De Bolle and keynote speeches by Federal Minister of the Interior, Building and Community of Germany, Mr Horst Seehofer and the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ms Ylva Johansson. JPSG will hear also a presentation by the European Data Protection Supervisor, Mr Wojciech Wiewiórowski. High profile discussions include topics such as the Europol activities with a special focus on Covid-19 crisis, the Fight against right-wing extremism and terrorism and the future role of the Europol and the Brexit related challenges.

Source: The European Parliament

The handling of EU’s recovery package in the Finnish Parliament

10/09/2020
The European Council reached an agreement on the EU recovery package on 21 July. EU’s recovery package includes the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021-27 and a recovery instrument called Next Generation EU or NGEU. The overall amount of commitments to the seven-year Financial Framework is EUR 1,074 billion. The total amount of the non-recurrent recovery instrument will be EUR 750 billion. EUR 360 billion of this will consist of loans and EUR 390 billion will be issued in the form of grants. The recovery instrument will remain in force until 2023.

Based on government communications, Parliamentary committees discussed the Finnish position on the recovery package before the European Council meeting. The Grand Committee formulated the Finnish position in the different phases of the negotiations. Before adopting the final position on 16 July, the Grand Committee received statements from the Constitutional Law Committee and Financial Committee.

What next?

Committees

Parliamentary committees continue to handle proposals for EU regulations based on government communications in advance of meetings of the Council and its working groups, until the Council of the European Union, European Parliament and European Commission have finalised the legislation in tripartite negotiations. The role of the sector committees is to provide contributions relating to their areas of competence to the Grand Committee, which formulates the Finnish position.

Once adopted, EU regulations will regulate the practical implication of the EU recovery package also on a national level.

Plenary sessions

Prime Minister Sanna Marin made an announcement to Parliament on the Multiannual Financial Framework and Next Generation EU recovery instrument in plenary session on 9 September. Prime Minister’s announcements are not sent to committee for consideration nor do they lead to any decision.

In the Grand Committee on the same day, Prime Minister Marin said that a government report on the national recovery plan will be submitted to the Parliament. The national plan will guide the use of European recovery funds in Finland.

The decision on the system of own resources must be ratified by the Parliament and will be handled in a plenary session as a government bill in due time.

Parliament and the EU

The Finnish Parliament plays a strong role in decision-making on EU matters, compared to many other member states. Parliament decides what position Finland should take in EU decision-making on matters that fall within Parliament's competence.

Source: The Finnish Parliament

EP Weekly agenda of meetings, 31 August - 4 September 2020

31/08/2020
Over 20 Committees’ meeting will take place this week in the European Parliament in Brussels.

the sub-Committee on Human Rights will start on Monday with an Exchange of views with Dr Denis MUKWEGE, Nobel Peace Prize laureate 2018 and Sakharov Prize laureate 2014 and an Exchange of views on the human rights situation in Democratic Republic of Congo.

On 1 September, AFCO members will continue Consideration of the Amendments to the Rules of Procedure in order to ensure the functioning of Parliament in extraordinary circumstances.

Also on 1 September, AFET members will debate, among other things, about The situation in Lebanon, with EEAS Deputy Managing Director for MENA, Carl Hallergard, and European Commission (DG NEAR) Deputy Director-General Maciej Popowski; - Gilles Bertrand, Chargé d'Affaires ad interim to Syria; - EU-Mercosur Association Agreement, with the European External Action Service and the European Commission; - The situation in Venezuela, with the European External Action Service

On 2and 3 September, LIBE will discuss, among other topics, about The Establishment of an EU Mechanism on Democracy, the Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights, and will have several exchanges of view, including on the European Court of Justice judgement on the Case-311-18 (Data Protection Commissioner v Facebook Ireland Ltd and Maximillian Schrems). Invalidity of the Commission decision 2016/ 1250 on the adequacy of the protection provided by the EU-US Privacy Shield, with Didier Reynders, Commissioner for Justice.


The full list of meetings with documents and links to the web streaming cab be found here.

Source: European Parliament

EP: Extraordinary AFET Meeting on Belarus

24/08/2020
AFET Committee will hold an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday 25 August, 11.00-13.00 (remote participation via Antall 6Q2) dedicated to the situation in Belarus.

On Thursday 27, the members of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO) will also meet.

Source: European Parliament

Cyprus: House Standing Committee on Foreign and European Affairs of the House of Representatives of Cyprus was informed on the new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) of the EU (2021-2027)

30/07/2020
On the 28th of July 2020, in the context of the discussion of the new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) of the EU for the period 2021-2027, the Chairman and members of the House Standing Committee on Foreign and European Affairs were informed by the competent Minister and authorities of the executive on the recent developments regarding the above mentioned tools. In particular, they were informed on the recent historic agreement that was reached by the Heads of the Members States which, according to the Minister, will herald a new chapter for the European Union, a move towards a more federalized EU and provide solutions to the distortions faced by the EU as a society and economy that is constantly evolving. Lastly, they were informed that the Government of the Republic of Cyprus will submit by the end of the year its national plan for the Recovery Fund to the European Commission. Source: House of Representatives of Cyprus

Priorities of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania under the Commission Work Programme 2020

27/07/2020
The Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania has thoroughly examined the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, entitled Commission Work Programme 2020 – A Union that strives for more (COM(2020)37 final) and the Communication from the Commission of 27 May 2020 to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, entitled the Adjusted Commission Work Programme 2020 (COM(2020) 440 final) (hereinafter referred to as the Commission Work Programme).
Having considered the Commission Work Programme and having evaluated the planned new initiatives, specialised committees of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania have distinguished the highly relevant and relevant initiatives for Lithuania.

Having summed up the conclusions of the specialised committees of the Seimas at a joint meeting on the 2020 July the 8th the Committee on European Affairs and the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania have endorsed the Seimas priorities under the Commission Work Programme 2020.

No

 

Initiative No in the Commission Work Programme 2020
Title of the initiative

Joint conclusion of the Committee on European Affairs and the Committee on Foreign Affairs
 
1.
1.

The European Green Deal
Highly relevant
2.
2.
Financing the sustainable transition
Highly relevant
3.
3.

Commission contribution to COP26 in Glasgow
 
Relevant
4.
4.

Sustainability of food systems
Highly relevant
5.
5.
Decarbonising energy
Relevant
6.
6.
Sustainable production and consumption
Relevant
7.
7.
Protecting our environment
Relevant
8.
8.
Sustainable and smart mobility
Relevant
9.
9.
Europe fit for the digital age
Relevant
10.
10.
A European approach to Artificial Intelligence
Relevant
11.
11.
Digital services
Relevant
12.
12.
Increasing cybersecurity
Relevant
13.
13.
Digital for consumers
Relevant
14.
14.
A new industrial strategy for Europe
Highly relevant
15.
15.
Aviation Services Package
Relevant
16.
16.
Towards a European Research Area
Relevant
17.
18.
Social Europe
Highly relevant
18.
19.
Economic Governance
Highly relevant
19.
22.
Effective taxation
Highly relevant
20.
24.
International cooperation
Relevant
21.
25.
Financial sovereignty
Highly relevant
22.
28.
Eastern Partnership
Relevant
23.
29.
Human rights, Democracy and Gender Equality
Relevant
24.
30.
Trade policy
Relevant
25.
31.
Fostering skills, education and inclusion
Relevant
26.
32.
A New Pact on Migration and Asylum
Relevant
27.
33.
Fostering Europe’s security
Relevant
28.
34.
Protecting health
Highly relevant
29.
35.
Consumer agenda
Relevant
30.
36.
Addressing the impact of demographic change
Highly relevant
31.
37.
Equality and non-discrimination initiatives
Relevant
32.
38.
Democracy
Relevant
33.
39.
Future of Europe
Highly relevant
34.
40.
Rule of Law
Relevant
35.
41.
Fundamental rights
Relevant












Source: Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania

The European Affairs Committee of the Portuguese parliament Assembleia da República will hold a videoconference meeting with the Head of Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom, Michel Barnier, tomorrow, 16TH July 2020, at 1:30 pm (Lisbon time).

16/07/2020
The European Affairs Committee of the Portuguese parliament Assembleia da República will hold a videoconference meeting with the Head of Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom, Michel Barnier, tomorrow, 16th July 2020, at 1:30 pm (Lisbon time). 

Source: The Portuguese Parliament

EP COMMITTEES’ AGENDA 13-16 July 2020

10/07/2020
Several EP Committees will be holding exchanges of view with representatives of the German Government and discuss the priority of the German Presidency.

Among others AFET and SEDE, that will jointly meet Mrs Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Federal Minister of Defence of Germany; EMPL, that will also discuss about Gender Equality; LIBE, where a discussion on the rule of law in Poland will also take place; REGI, ITRE and TRAN.

On 14 July a joint AFCO-JURI meeting will hold a Hearing on the Consequences of the judgement of the German Constitutional Court of 5 May 2020.

The full list of Committees meeting and their agendas wan be found
here: https://europarl.europa.eu/news/en/agenda/weekly-agenda

Source: European Parliament
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