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Hungary

Committee on European Affairs

(Európai ügyek bizottsága)

Legal base: Article 19 of the Fundamental Law of Hungary, Article 63-68 of Act XXXVI of 2012 on the Országgyűlés (the National Assembly) and the Standing Orders of the National Assembly: Articles 134/A-G.

Composition: 21 Members. The proportion of the Members reflects the strength of the political parties in the Parliament.

The Committee on European Affairs may examine practically any draft proposal which is to be adopted by the Council, and it can influence the Government’s position in EU decision-making procedure.

The Committee has decision-making authority in the scrutiny procedure: it is the Committee that makes parliamentary decisions in these areas instead of the plenary. In EU affairs, the Committee on European Affairs exercises the powers exercised jointly in the legislative process by standing committees and the plenary.

Whilst the Committee on European Affairs holds the central role in the daily scrutiny work, the Országgyűlés gives priority to the political control of the standpoint of the Government at European Council meetings. Prior to the European Council meetings and other events of strategic importance, and on the initiative of the Speaker, the Prime Minister informs the Speaker, the leaders of parliamentary groups, the chairmanship of the Committee on European Affairs, the chairman of the Committee dealing with constitutional affairs, the chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and other invited persons on the position to be adopted by the Government [Article 69 of the Act XXXVI of 2012 on the Országgyűlés]. The EU Department of the Office for Foreign Relations of the Országgyűlés is responsible for the secretarial and organisational work of this consultative forum.

For the description of the parliamentary scrutiny procedure in the Országgyűlés click here.

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