The Chairman of the Lords EU Committee, Lord Boswell of Aynho, is attending the 53rd Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments (COSAC) in Riga, Latvia from Sunday 31 May to Tuesday 2 June 2015.
On Tuesday 2 June, Lord Boswell will speak in a short debate on the 'Green Card' - a new procedure suggested by the EU Committee, along with other national parliaments, under which a group of national parliaments would be able to combine to propose changes to EU legislation.
What is COSAC?
The Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments (COSAC) was established in 1989. It meets biannually, in whichever country holds the rotating Presidency of the EU, giving members of parliamentary committees and the European Parliament an opportunity to discuss issues of current concern.
The Green Card
The Green Card will be discussed in a debate on the future of parliamentary scrutiny of EU affairs. The proposal for a Green Card was set out in EU Committee’s report on The Role of National Parliaments in the EU, published in March 2014. The report recommended several improvements to existing systems for involving national parliaments in scrutinising EU policies and laws.
The conference will also debate the EU energy policy, security concerns in the Middle East and North Africa, EU trade policy and the EU passenger name record.
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