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The Riksdag Board proposes changes to the Riksdag’s work on EU matters

20 June 2018 klockan 10.38

Uppdated 20 June 2018 klockan 10.38

The Riksdag Board has decided to put forward a number of proposals in a submission concerning EU work in the Riksdag. The submission is based on the report produced by the all-party committee tasked with examining the Riksdag’s work on EU matters.

The Riksdag Board proposes that the Riksdag adopt the Board’s proposals for legislative amendments and task the Secretary-General of the Riksdag with analysing the need for measures in connection with the recommendations of the All-party EU Committee.

Summary of the proposals

• The Riksdag will no longer be forced to consider green or white papers submitted to the Riksdag by the European Commission.

• Following consultation with group leaders, the Speaker may decide whether documents from the EU are to be examined instead of considered by the Riksdag. Proposals for legal acts – not just drafts of legislative acts – are to be exempted from the examination procedure. Also following consultation with group leaders, the Speaker may decide whether documents produced in connection with interparliamentary cooperation within the EU are to be examined by the Riksdag.

• Excerpts from the minutes of committee meetings stating that a draft of an EU legislative act does not conflict with the principle of subsidiarity are to be added to the order paper of a meeting in the Chamber.

• The Riksdag Act should no longer state that the Government is to consult the Committee on European Union Affairs on EU-related issues other than those decided by the Council of the European Union, whenever the Committee requests such a consultation on special grounds.

• The Riksdag Act should specify that any statements issued following the Government’s consultations with the Committee on European Union Affairs are to be recorded in legible form instead of any statements issued by the Committee’s deliberation with the Government being recorded in legible form.

• A provision should be introduced to the effect that the Riksdag is to participate in interparliamentary cooperation between national parliaments of EU member states and the European Parliament by way of the members of the Riksdag’s committees and the Committee on European Union Affairs.

• The Riksdag Act should specify that the Riksdag is to select four members to form a delegation to the Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group for the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol). This delegation is to be elected for the electoral period of the Riksdag. The delegation is to report annually to the Riksdag on its activities.

• The amendments to the legislation are to come into force on 1 January 2019.

Background

On 8 June 2016, the Riksdag Board decided to task an all-party committee with examining the Riksdag's work on EU matters. The committee took the name ‘the All-party EU Committee’. The committee submitted its report to the Riksdag Board at the meeting of the Board on 14 February 2018. The report was then circulated.