Standing Committee on Foreign and European Affairs

(Kumitat Permanenti dwar l-Affarijiet Barranin u Ewropej)

Legal base: Standing Orders of the Kamra tad-Deputati  

The legal base for scrutiny of EU affairs by the Maltese House of Representatives is found in Standing Order 120F of the House. The Standing Order provides for a Standing Committee on Foreign and European Affairs tasked with dealing with matters relating to foreign and EU affairs. The Committee is also given the power to appoint subcommittees to assist it in its work.

Composition: Not more than 9 Members.  The Members shall be chosen so as fairly to represent the House in general and the proportion of Government and Opposition Members in particular. 

Four such subcommittees have been set up. Working Group 1 has the role of carrying out the preliminary scrutiny of memoranda on EU proposals received from the government. Working Group 1 decides which memoranda can be cleared from scrutiny and which require additional information from the government. In the latter case, memoranda can be retained by Working Group 1, or forwarded to one of the three other Working Groups, depending on the policy area.

The Working Groups can ask the Minister who drafted the memorandum referred to it to appear before the Working Group and provide more information about the position of the government on the proposal.                                                 

The Chair of the Foreign and European Affairs Committee reports to the House after every meeting on documents that have been cleared from scrutiny and tables all relevant documentation.

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