New items of scrutiny

Each sitting week the Chairman of the EU Select Committee sends items of scrutiny to the sub-committee for examination

The Chairman recently sent the following documents to the Social Policies and Consumer Protection Sub-Committee for further scrutiny:

  • COM(2012) 131 Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the enforcement of Directive 96/71/EC concerning the posting of workers in the framework of the provision of services.
  • COM(2012) 130 Proposal for a Council Regulation on the exercise of the right to take collective action within the context of the freedom of establishment and the freedom to provide services.
  • COM(2012) 8 Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous preparations.
  • COM(2012) 83 Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council - Taking forward the Strategic Implementation Plan of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing.
  • COM(2012) 84 Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council relating to the transparency of measures regulating the prices of medicinal products for human use and their inclusion in the scope of public health insurance systems.

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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).