The European Parliament’s constitutional affairs committee (AFCO) is best known as the lead committee in charge of the European Union’s treaties, interinstitutional agreements, the rules governing the internal functioning of Parliament and how it holds the European Commission to account and how the institutions negotiate EU legislation.
Since the Brexit vote, the AFCO committee has also been in charge of following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU institutions. Although the negotiations on the future relationship between the EU and the UK are still on-going, AFCO retains an important role for UK-EU relations; overseeing how a former EU member state can interact with its institutions when so many EU citizens continue to live in the UK and vice versa.
Since the beginning of this legislative term, AFCO has been preparing the upcoming Conference on the Future of Europe. This Conference will indeed be discussing institutional matters such as the Spitzenkandidat system and transnational lists which are of crucial importance.
Other important issues this mandate include securing Parliament’s right of legislative initiative, gaining real powers for European Parliament committees of inquiry, strengthening the European electoral law, the rules for European political parties, the European Citizens’ Initiative and transparency requirements.
Statement in Plenary
14th September 2020
Thank you, Mr. Chairman,
“The cure for unpredictability lies in the ability to make and keep promises,” Hannah Arendt rightly said.
In July, you – the Commission and the Council – made a promise: to finance the Recovery Plan with new resources by making polluters and giants from the digital and financial sectors pay.
Now let’s do what we said we would do!
You want to +++
In an exchange of views with German Foreign Minister Mr. Michael Roth, I called on the German Presidency of the Council of the EU to commit itself to the three key points for the relaunch of the EU:
- To pave the way for treaty reform if requested by the citizens in the framework of the Conference on the Future of Europe ;
- Making the transfer of EU funds +++
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“The Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. These values are common to the Member States in a society in which pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men prevail.”
Article 2 of the Treaty on the European Union
The European +++
Bringing about transnational political movements in Europe
Between the global crises affecting our continent, the rise of populism in Europe and the difficulty of establishing a true European identity, it is difficult to reconcile European citizens with their institutions.
Modern challenges must force us to think about the Europe of tomorrow instead of squabbling over yesterday’s quarrels.
When citizens look to Europe, +++