Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union


The Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC) is a conference of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and national Members of Parliament (MPs) who are drawn from parliamentary committees responsible for European Union affairs.[1]

History and role


COSAC meeting in Warsaw in 2011

COSAC was founded in 1989 on a proposal of Laurent Fabius, then President of the French National Assembly and at the same time an MEP on the European Parliament Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO). COSAC meets twice a year in the member state that holds the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union.[1]

The conference is mainly intended for personal contacts between Members of National Parliaments and MEPs, and for exchanges of information. The conference is therefore interested in the means by which the parliaments are able to co-operate and communicate with each other via interparliamentary meetings, and through the IPEX scrutiny website. The 17 Biannual COSAC report from April 2012 focused on recent developments in parliamentary scrutiny and the parliaments' use of IPEX.[2]

COSAC may also adopt contributions addressed to the EU institutions. COSAC has gained the right to submit contributions and examine proposals on EU law relating to Justice and Home Affairs[1] and saw its role further expand under the Treaty of Lisbon with provisions for increased involvement of national parliaments in EU affairs.[3]

Name


COSAC is a French acronym for the conference's former name "Conférence des organes spécialisés dans les affaires communautaires et européennes des parlements de l'Union européenne" (Conference of Community and European Affairs Committees of Parliaments of the European Union). It is known by similar terms such as the Conference of European Community Affairs Committees[1] and under the Treaty of Lisbon COSAC's name is listed as the conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs.[4]

List of European affairs committees


State Committee
 Belgium Advisory Committee on European Affairs and Federal Advisory Committee on European Affairs (includes MEPs)
 France The Committee in Charge of European Affairs (lower house)[5]
 Germany Committee on the Affairs of the European Union (lower house)[6] and the Committee on European Union Questions (upper house)[7] (also, the Chamber for European Affairs in the upper house)[8]
 Ireland Joint Committee on European Union Affairs [9]
 Italy Committee on European Union Policies (lower house)[10] and Committee on European Union Policies (upper house)[11]
 Poland European Union Affairs Committee (lower house)[12] European Union Affairs Committee (upper house)[13]
 Romania The Committee on European Affairs (lower house)[14] and European Affairs Committee (upper house)[15]
 Slovakia European Affairs Committee [16]
 Slovenia Committee on European Union Affairs[17]
 Spain Joint Commission for the European Union[18]
 Sweden The Committee on EU Affairs[19]
 United Kingdom European Scrutiny Committee (lower house) and European Union Committee (upper house, includes sub-committees)

See also


References


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  4. "Treaty of Lisbon: Protocol on the Role of National Parliaments in the European Union" (PDF). Eur-Lex website. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-27.;
  5. http://www.assemblee-nationale.fr/europe/commission_english_2008.pdf
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  10. http://www.camera.it/99?shadow_organo_parlamentare=1507
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  14. "Committees of the Chamber of Deputies". www.cdep.ro.
  15. României, Senatul. "Pagina Oficială a Senatului României". www.senat.ro.
  16. "European Affairs Committee of National Council". www.nrsr.sk.
  17. https://www.dz-rs.si/wps/portal/en/Home/ODrzavnemZboru/KdoJeKdo/DelovnoTelo?idDT=DT032
  18. "Comisiones - Congreso de los Diputados". www.congreso.es.
  19. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-01-23. Retrieved 2011-09-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)