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Jun252012

Slovenia

Državni zbor

 

In December 2010, the Slovenian Državni zbor (the lower chamber or the National Assembly) amended its Rules and Procedures Act in order to implement the Treaty of Lisbon, in particular its provisions on the application of the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality. After almost a-year long consultation process between political groups, that was launched by the Speaker of the Državni zbor, on the best possible way to regulate the subsidiarity checks, it was decided to involve all specialised committees and the Plenary in the process.
 
The same applies to the Law on Cooperation between the Parliament and Government on EU Affairs, where an article was changed in order to define the representation of the Državni zbor before the Court of Justice of the European Union in case of infringement of the principle of subsidiarity by an EU legislative act.
 
To read the amendments, click here
 
 

Državni svet

 

According to the replies of the Slovenian Državni svet 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.

1a. Constitutional provisions

         None

1b. Legal provisions - Statutory provisions

         None

1c. Parliamentary Standing Orders

         None

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 ...).

New Constitutional or Legal Statutory provisions are not planned.

Rules of Procedure of the National Council were revised in 2008. The EU matters are regarded as standard / ordinary work of the working bodies and the National Council; therefore no new provisions are needed."

"2. ENSURING COMPLIANCE WITH THE PRINCIPLE OF SUBSIDIARITY

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

−  International Relations and European Affairs Commission

−  Standing Commission

2b. Briefly describe the procedures involved.

Leaders of the interest groups and Presidents of the Commissions decide which document should be put on the agenda of the Commissions. After deliberating, Commissions propose to the College of the President which topics should be put on the agenda of the plenary session."