I France - 1989

16 - 17 November 1989

In 1989, Mr Laurent Fabius, Speaker of the French Assemblée nationale, proposed establishing an inter-parliamentary body composed of members of national parliaments specialised in European affairs. One important reason behind his initiative was the feeling in many national parliaments that they were losing contact with Community policies following the introduction of direct elections to the European Parliament in 1979. Up to that time, delegations to the European Parliament were appointed by national parliaments, and parliamentarians could at the same time be members of a national parliament and the European Parliament.