XVII Luxembourg - 1997

The 17th COSAC took place in Luxembourg on 13-14 November 1997 and was the first of a number of meetings to discuss implementation of the new protocol attached to the Amsterdam Treaty. The new Treaty included a protocol on the role of national parliaments, and COSAC was acknowledged for the first time in the European treaties. It provided COSAC with the possibility to examine draft EU legislation and address to the EU institutions any contributions it deemed necessary - notably in relation to the application of the principle of subsidiarity, the area of freedom, security and justice as well as questions regarding fundamental rights. It was, however, underlined that such contributions would in no way bind national parliaments or prejudge their position. The protocol put no obligations on COSAC or national parliaments. The new powers would only be used if national parliaments wanted to use them.