New items of scrutiny

Each week when the House of Lords is sitting, and regularly throughout Parliamentary recesses, the Chairman of the EU Select Committee sifts through the most recent proposals from the EU.

The Chairman recently sent the following documents to the Sub-Committee for further scrutiny:

  • Council Decision on the signing, on behalf of the European Union, and provisional application of the Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and Ukraine, of the other part, as regards the provisions relating to the treatment of third-country nationals legally employed as workers in the territory of the other party
  • Joint Communication to the European Parliament and the Council - Elements for an EU strategy on public security in Central America and the Caribbean
  • Council Decision amending Decision 2013/527/CFSP amending and extending the mandate of the European Union Special Representative for the Horn of Africa

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Further information

For every EU proposal deposited in Parliament the Government publish an explanatory memorandum. These memoranda summarise the proposal and outline the Government’s position. They are one of the primary documents the EU committee and its sub-committees use to scrutinise the Government.

In a session of Parliament the Committee can receive around 800-1000 explanatory memoranda. In order to focus the work of the sub-committees the Chairman sifts through the memoranda and clears some from scrutiny and sends others to sub-committees for further scrutiny.

The Progress of Scrutiny document contains details of all of the proposals currently being scrutinised by the Select committee and its sub-committees:

Much of the committees’ scrutiny results in correspondence with ministers, which can also be found on our website:

If you would like to read the Government’s explanatory memoranda on the proposals sifted for further scrutiny you can find them on the Cabinet Office's European Memorandum Search Page.

If you would like to read further details of the Government’s obligations to Parliament with regard to scrutiny of EU proposals please see the Cabinet Office’s Parliamentary Scrutiny of European Union Documents: Guidance for Departments.

Details of scrutiny conducted by parliaments in other EU Member States can be found on the Interparliamentary EU Information Exchange (IPEX).

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The scrutiny process

Find out more about the scrutiny of EU documents:

Progress of Scrutiny

Progress of Scrutiny records the decisions taken by the House of Lords EU Committee on European documents that have been deposited in Parliament for scrutiny.