According to the replies of the Slovakian Národná rada to the questionnaire for the 13th Bi-annual Report of COSAC (May 2010):
"A) REVIEW OF REGULATIONS ADOPTED
1. Have there been any regulations adopted by your Member State in order to incorporate the new powers that are entrusted to the national Parliaments by the Treaty of Lisbon? If so, please specify the regulations in their corresponding categories. - NO
1a. Constitutional provisions
1b. Legal provisions - Statutory provisions
1c. Parliamentary Standing Orders
1d. Other (please specify)
2. If no regulation has yet been passed, is any such regulation in the pipeline? Please specify the hierarchy of the provisions that are likely to be adopted in the short or medium term (Constitutional provisions, Legal Statutory provisions, Parliamentary Standing Orders ...).
1. Constitutional provisions (amendment of the Constitutional Act No. 397/2004 Coll. on the cooperation between the National Council of the Slovak Republic and the Government of the Slovak Republic in the matters concerning the European Union).
2. Rules of procedures of the National Council of the Slovak Republic
B) THE NEW POWERS OF THE NATIONAL PARLIAMENTS IN THE EU DECISION MAKING PROCESS
The following questions focus on each of the different mechanisms through which the national Parliaments are called to participate in the EU framework. The questions relate to the main elements of the proceedings that, according to the national regulations that have been passed or that are foreseen to be adopted soon, will carry out in each national Parliament the mechanisms established in the Treaties.
1. MONITORING THE ACTIVITIES OF THE EU INSTITUTIONS
1a. Please indicate if the monitoring includes all the activities of all the EU institutions. If not, please specify which activities and which institutions will be subject to monitoring (e.g. only legislative proposals from the Commission).
The monitoring includes all activities of all EU institutions with special emphasis on those decision making processes concerning priority legislative initiatives (priorities are settled by the Parliament in a close cooperation with the Government usually after publication of the Legislative and Work Programme of the European Commission for the subsequent year).
1b. Please indicate if the monitoring is comprehensive or applies selectively to certain topics or questions of particular national interest.
See the answer above.
1c. Briefly describe the procedure and specify the parliamentary bodies involved.
- The European Commission issues Legislative and Work Programme (LWP) for the coming year
- The Government (particular ministries) indicate priority areas/initiatives of national interest
- The Committee on European Affairs discusses LWP together with the national priorities (accepts or supplements the list of priorities by a resolution of the committee)
- When the priority issue (legislative proposal) is issued by the Commission (other EU institution), Committee on European Affairs asks specialised committee(s) for its(their) opinion
- The Committee on European Affairs pays more attention to the priority initiatives within the standard scrutiny procedure
- The monitoring of activities of the EU institutions focuses on getting more in-depth information regarding priority initiatives (through internet, other networks of (in)formal cooperation and communication, through the Permanent Representative at the European Parliament, Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the EU, extranet of the Council documents etc.)
1d. Do the regulations establish the Government's duty to report to the Parliament / Chamber? If so, in which terms?
- The Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the EU elaborates and sends an “annotation” to a draft initiative
- The responsible ministry elaborates and sends a “preliminary position” to a draft initiative within three weeks of its publication
- The responsible ministry elaborates and sends a “position” to a draft initiative for the discussions in the Council working bodies
- The responsible ministry elaborates and sends an “instruction” for the COREPER agenda
- The responsible ministry elaborates and sends a “draft position of the Slovak Republic” before each Council meeting
All these position documents monitor activities of all EU institutions involved in the respective decision making process and contain national positions.
2. ENSURING COMPLIANCE WITH THE PRINCIPLE OF SUBSIDIARITY
2a. Please specify the Parliamentary bodies in charge of ensuring such compliance.
Committee on European Affairs (is able to ask for an opinion of other standing committees).
2b. Briefly describe the procedures involved.
The specific procedure for monitoring the compliance of legislative proposals with the principle of subsidiary according to the Lisbon Treaty was not yet adopted in relevant legislation. Therefore, it still remains within the standard scrutiny procedure."