Lettonie
Friday, June 29, 2012 at 2:57PM
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Selon les réponses de la Saeima lettonne au questionnaire pour le 13ème rapport semestriel de la COSAC (mai 2010) (en anglais) :

 

"On 3 December 2009, the Speaker of the Saeima held a meeting of chairpersons and deputy chairpersons of all Saeima standing committees and heads of parliamentary groups in order to discuss necessary amendments to the Saeima Rules of Procedure in connection with the entering into force of the Lisbon Treaty. At the meeting, the following issues were discussed: Will the Saeima European Affairs Committee continue to bear responsibility for checking the observance of the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality? Are any amendments to the Saeima Rules of Procedure needed in this respect? Do Saeima’s opinions regarding a breach of the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality need to be approved at a Saeima plenary meeting? Who will be responsible for signing the Saeima’s opinions?  All officials present at the meeting agreed that the Saeima Rules of Procedure need not be amended. Therefore, the Saeima European Affairs Committee retains its responsibility for checking the observance of the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality. Opinions of the Saeima need not be approved at a plenary meeting, and before being sent to EU institutions, they are signed by the chairperson of the Saeima European Affairs Committee.  (This is set forth in Article 1851 of the Saeima Rules of Procedure, which states the following: (1) The Saeima shall participate in EU affairs through the European Affairs Committee unless the Saeima has ruled otherwise.) During the meeting it was acknowledged that the Saeima does not have sufficient capacity for assessing the compliance of each new EU legislative act with the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality; therefore, the European Affairs Committee may set its own areas of priority. It was also agreed that if line committees fail to meet the suggested deadlines for submitting their opinions to the European Affairs Committee, the Saeima Rules of Procedure will need to be amended in order to set a mandatory deadline by which the line committees will be obliged to submit their opinions to the European Affairs Committee."       

"With regard to subsidiarity and proportionality checks, the European Affairs Committee applies a selective method based on the European Affairs Committee’s priorities in the relevant year (priorities may also depend on EU legislation and the European Commission’s work programme)."   

 

"1d. Do the regulations establish the Government's duty to report to the Parliament / Chamber? If so, in which terms? 

On the basis of Article 25 of the Constitution and Article 172 (1) of the Saeima Rules of Procedure, the European Affairs Committee has the right to directly request information and explanations necessary for its work from the relevant Minister and the institutions subordinated to or supervised by him or her. Thus, if the European Affairs Committee requests it, the government is obliged to submit its opinions regarding the compliance of the new EU legislative acts with the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality. The government must provide its reply within a reasonable time." 

 

"2. ENSURING COMPLIANCE WITH THE PRINCIPLE OF SUBSIDIARITY

2a. Please specify the Parliamentary bodies in charge of ensuring such compliance. 

Pursuant to the Saeima Rules of Procedure and as agreed at the meeting of 3 December 2009, the Saeima European Affairs Committee bears the sole responsibility for assessing the compliance of new EU legislation with the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality

 

2b. Briefly describe the procedures involved.

The Saeima procedures for the subsidiarity check are as follows:

 

1) The European Affairs Committee receives a draft of the proposed EU legislative act translated into Latvian; 

2) The European Affairs Committee sends a letter to the responsible line committee  of the Saeima and the line ministry  requesting them to submit their opinions regarding the compliance of the draft legislative act with the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality; 

3) After the opinions from the responsible line committee and the line ministry have been received, the Saeima European Affairs Committee holds a meeting at which it discusses  the compliance of the draft legislative act with the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality;

4) The European Affairs Committee forwards its opinion, together with a cover letter signed by the Chairperson of the European Affairs Committee, to the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council and the COCAC Secretariat; the Committee’s opinion includes a short description of the procedure for the subsidiarity check, lists the Saeima organisational units and government institutions involved in the subsidiarity check, and the Committee’s final conclusion regarding the compliance of the draft legislative act with the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality;   

5) Information on the results of the subsidiarity check conducted by the Saeima is put on the IPEX web site; 

6) The Saeima Public Affairs Department issues a press release on the results of the subsidiarity and proportionality check conducted by the European Affairs Committee."

 

 

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