News Release, PN 8, Session 2006-07
Committee Office, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA
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7 March 2007
INQUIRY INTO THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION'S ANNUAL POLICY STRATEGY FOR 2008
On 21 February the European Commission adopted its Annual Policy (APS) for 2008. This document is the first indication of the Commission's priorities for its work during 2008, and sets out the broad outlines of policies and the legislative and non-legislative proposals that it intends to propose during the year. In publishing this document, the Commission looks forward to a constructive dialogue and exchange of views with the European Parliament and the Council on where its policy priorities should lie in 2008, and how these should be reflected both in the Commission's Legislative and Work Programme (CLWP), its concrete work programme for the year, to be adopted in October, and in the EC Budget for 2008.
Examination of the 2008 APS is also a priority for the German Presidency of COSAC, the Conference of European affairs committees of Member State national parliaments.
The Committee considers the document an important preliminary planning tool for the year ahead, and one which offers the opportunity to influence the direction of the 2008 CLWP. The Committee has therefore decided to hold an inquiry.
The terms of reference for the inquiry are:
To examine the Annual Policy Strategy 2008 and its role as a planning tool in the preparation of the Commission's 2008 Legislative and Work Programme.
The Committee would welcome views from interested parties on all or any of the following questions:
What are the significant initiatives that the European Commission is proposing?
Do any of the proposals raise concerns in terms of their content, or with regards to the principles of subsidiarity or proportionality?
Does the document provide a clear indication of the direction that the European Commission is planning to take in 2008, and how this links into the key long-term objectives and policies of the EU?
Is the document a useful planning tool? Is it clear how it will feed in to the Commission's eventual Legislative and Work Programme for 2008?
Evidence should be sent to the Clerk of the Committee by
17 April 2007.
The membership of the Committee is as follows: Michael Connarty MP (Chairman), Labour, Richard Bacon MP, Conservative, David Borrow MP, Labour, William Cash MP, Conservative, James Clappison MP, Conservative, Katy Clark MP, Labour, Wayne David MP, Labour, Jim Dobbin MP, Labour/Co-op, Nia Griffith MP, Labour, David Hamilton MP, Labour, David Heathcoat-Amory MP, Conservative, Jimmy Hood MP, Labour , Lindsay Hoyle MP, Labour, Angus Robertson MP, SNP, Anthony Steen MP, Conservative, Richard Younger Ross MP, Lib Dem
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