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Riigikogu

European Union Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (the Parliament) 
(Riigikogu Euroopa Liidu asjade komisjon)

 

Legal base: Riigikogu Rules of Procedure Act as amended in May 2010.

 

Composition: At least 15 Members.

 

The European Union Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu was established in March 2004 - with an amendment of the Riigikogu Rules of Procedure Act. Until Estonian Accession to the EU in May 2004 the Riigikogu had set up a special (select) European Affairs Committee to monitor the Government’s actions in the pre-accession phase as well as the accession negotiations.

 

The European Union Affairs Committee (EAC) is responsible for mandating the Government on the basis of opinions of specialised committees. The Government of the Republic is required to adhere to the opinion of the Riigikogu. If the Government fails to do so, it must provide a justification to the European Union Affairs Committee or the Foreign Affairs Committee at the earliest opportunity.

 

EU draft legislative acts are forwarded by the Board of the Riigikogu to the European Union Affairs Committee and one ore more specialised committees for an opinion to be delivered to the European Union Affairs Committee. After receiving the opinion of the specialised committee, the European Union Affairs Committee discusses the draft and gives its opinion to the Government.

  

For more information on the European Union Affairs Committee, click here.


Link to the website of the Riigikogu.


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