Committee on European Affairs
(Comissão de Assuntos Europeus)
Legal base: Constitution of the Portuguese Republic, articles 161 (n), 163 (f) 164 (p) and 197 (i). Law no. 43/2006 of 25 August 2006 as amended by Law no. 21/2012 of 17 may 2012 - Monitoring, assessment and pronouncement by the Assembly of the Republic within the scope of the process of constructing the European Union.
Composition: Currently the Committee is composed of 21 Members proportionally representing 5 political parties in the Parliament.
The European Affairs Committee is the competent parliamentary committee for monitoring and considering all European subjects of interest to Portugal, as well as those that are pending decision at European Union bodies and, in particular, the performance of the Government with respect to these subjects. The EAC is especially competent in what concerns subsidiarity control and it’s the only parliamentary committee which is entitled to submit a draft resolution to the plenary, within the framework of its competences. Simultaneously, EU matters are also discussed by the specialized standing parliamentary committees and also by the Plenary.
During a legislative session, the Plenary holds a minimum of six debates on the EU: plenary debate in which the Prime Minister shall take part and shall be the first to speak, to be held before each European Council; plenary debate in which the Government shall take part, at the beginning of each presidency of the Council of the European Union, on the priorities thereof; plenary debate in which the Government shall take part, on the State of the Union, after the respective debate at the European Parliament and to be held during the final quarter of each year; plenary debate in which the Government shall take part, on the various instruments for the economic governance of the European Union that are included in the European Semester, and particularly on the Stability and Growth Programme, in the second quarter of the year.
The meetings of the European Affairs Committee as well as the Plenary sessions are public and, frequently, broadcasted by the Parliament TV channel (ARtv).
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