Wednesday, 25 February 2009

European Parliament: Committee Chairs and Delegation Chairs

Article 197 TEC and the possible future Article 14(4) TEU place few restrictions on the European Parliament’s powers to organise its internal work, except for the President and the officers (Bureau).

The Bureau, which consists of the EP President and the fourteen Vice-Presidents with the five (now six) Quaestors in an advisory capacity is the main administrative body. The EP President and the chairs of the political groups convene in the Conference of Presidents to deal with the political and legislative work of the European Parliament.


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Conference of Committee Chairs

Both at national and European level much of the real legislative work takes place in committees, where the chairs are responsible for the smooth and orderly running of business. Collectively the Committee Chairs constitute the Conference of Committee Chairs, an auxiliary body to the Bureau and the Conference of Presidents.

The composition and the main tasks of the Conference of Committee Chairs is laid down in Rule 26 of the EP’s Rules of Procedure (16th edition, October 2008), available at:

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//NONSGML+RULES-EP+20081022+0+DOC+PDF+V0//EN&language=EN




Rule 26 Conference of Committee Chairs

1. The Conference of Committee Chairs shall consist of the chairs of all standing or temporary committees and shall elect its chair.

2. The Conference of Committee Chairs may make recommendations to the Conference of Presidents about the work of committees and the drafting of the agenda of part-sessions.

3. The Bureau and the Conference of Presidents may instruct the Conference of Committee Chairs to carry out specific tasks.


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Parliamentary committees

A quick overview of the European Parliament’s committees is offered on the web page Parliamentary committees:

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/parliament/public/staticDisplay.do?id=45&pageRank=5&language=EN


The meeting documents, draft reports and reports of the committees are available to the public. In Eurospeak the committees are known by their acronyms. Here is a list of the committees, from page:

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/activities/committees/committeesList.do?language=EN




Standing committees
AFET
Foreign Affairs
Meeting documents

DROI Human Rights
Meeting documents

SEDE Security and Defence
Meeting documents

DEVE
Development
Meeting documents

INTA
International Trade
Meeting documents

BUDG
Budgets
Meeting documents

CONT
Budgetary Control
Meeting documents

ECON
Economic and Monetary Affairs
Meeting documents

EMPL
Employment and Social Affairs
Meeting documents

ENVI
Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
Meeting documents

ITRE
Industry, Research and Energy
Meeting documents

IMCO
Internal Market and Consumer Protection
Meeting documents

TRAN
Transport and Tourism
Meeting documents

REGI
Regional Development
Meeting documents

AGRI
Agriculture and Rural Development
Meeting documents

PECH
Fisheries
Meeting documents

CULT
Culture and Education
Meeting documents

JURI
Legal Affairs
Meeting documents

LIBE
Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
Meeting documents

AFCO
Constitutional Affairs
Meeting documents

FEMM
Women's Rights and Gender Equality
Meeting documents

PETI
Petitions
Meeting documents

Temporary committees
CLIM
Climate Change




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Committee chairs

The members of the Conference of the Committee Chairs are the following:


23 Members found for
Other bodies : Conference of Committee Chairmen

1. GALEOTE, Gerardo
Chairman

2. SARYUSZ-WOLSKI, Jacek
Member

3. BORRELL FONTELLES, Josep
Member

4. MARKOV, Helmuth
Member

5. BÖGE, Reimer
Member

6. BÖSCH, Herbert
Member

7. BERÈS, Pervenche
Member

8. ANDERSSON, Jan
Member

9. OUZKÝ, Miroslav
Member

10. NIEBLER, Angelika
Member

11. McCARTHY, Arlene
Member

12. COSTA, Paolo
Member

13. PARISH, Neil
Member

14. MORILLON, Philippe
Member

15. BATZELI, Katerina
Member

16. GARGANI, Giuseppe
Member

17. DEPREZ, Gérard
Member

18. LEINEN, Jo
Member

19. ZÁBORSKÁ, Anna
Member

20. LIBICKI, Marcin
Member

21. FLAUTRE, Hélène
Member

22. von WOGAU, Karl
Member

23. SACCONI, Guido
Member





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Conference of Delegation Chairs

The Conference of Delegation Chairs is the collective of the chairs of the standing interparliamentary delegations, and it acts in an advisory capacity to the Bureau and the Conference of Presidents:


Rule 27 Conference of Delegation Chairs

1. The Conference of Delegation Chairs shall consist of the chairs of all standing interparliamentary delegations and shall elect its chair.

2. The Conference of Delegation Chairs may make recommendations to the Conference of Presidents about the work of delegations.

3. The Bureau and the Conference of Presidents may instruct the Conference of Delegation Chairs to carry out specific tasks.


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Delegations

The web page Delegations presents brief information about interparliamentary contacts outside the European Union; 34 delegations in all:

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/parliament/public/staticDisplay.do?id=45&pageRank=6&language=EN

You can link to delegations for European and non-European parliaments.


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Delegation chairs


Here is a list of the delegation chairs, from page:

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/members/expert/otherBodies/search.do?body=1514&language=EN


38 Members found for
Other bodies : Conference of Delegation Chairmen

1. OBIOLS i GERMÀ, Raimon
Chairman

2. SCHMITT, Pál
Member

3. TRAKATELLIS, Antonios
Member

4. LAGENDIJK, Joost
Member

5. MANN, Erika
Member

6. CATANIA, Giusto
Member

7. RAEVA, Bilyana Ilieva
Member

8. PACK, Doris
Member

9. OOMEN-RUIJTEN, Ria
Member

10. SEVERIN, Adrian
Member

11. MIKKO, Marianne
Member

12. PROTASIEWICZ, Jacek
Member

13. JUKNEVIČIENĖ, Ona
Member

14. ISLER BÉGUIN, Marie Anne
Member

15. HYBÁŠKOVÁ, Jana
Member

16. TRIANTAPHYLLIDES, Kyriacos
Member

17. ITURGAIZ ANGULO, Carlos José
Member

18. PATRIE, Béatrice
Member

19. BEER, Angelika
Member

20. EVANS, Jonathan
Member

21. Ó NEACHTAIN, Seán
Member

22. LIPIETZ, Alain
Member

23. SOUSA PINTO, Sérgio
Member

24. JARZEMBOWSKI, Georg
Member

25. STERCKX, Dirk
Member

26. EVANS, Robert
Member

27. GILL, Neena
Member

28. PODESTÀ, Guido
Member

29. NASSAUER, Hartmut
Member

30. PIRKER, Hubert
Member

31. CHICHESTER, Giles
Member

32. PRODI, Vittorio
Member

33. LOCATELLI, Pia Elda
Member

34. KINNOCK, Glenys
Member

35. SALAFRANCA SÁNCHEZ-NEYRA, José Ignacio
Member

36. PÖTTERING, Hans-Gert
Member

37. SARYUSZ-WOLSKI, Jacek
Member

38. BORRELL FONTELLES, Josep
Member







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