Annual Reports

The Annual Reports of the Directorate for Relations with National Parliaments present the major challenges and developments of interparliamentary cooperation in the EU.

2018 marked an intensive and active year for interparliamentary cooperation. This was also reflected in the intensive work of the Directorate for Relations with National Parliaments. A high number of interparliamentary conferences, meetings and debates and a record number of bilateral visits took place throughout the year.

The Directorate organised a number of meetings between the administrations of national Parliaments and the European Parliament in areas of common interest, with a view to establishing closer contacts and networks between staff working in similar fields.

2018 was marked by an increasing consistency in the choice of topics of interparliamentary debates. A number of themes resurfaced in discussions in almost all interparliamentary fora, such as Brexit, the EU's new multiannual financial framework and migration. Cohesion policies, the Western Balkans and the European neighbourhood policy were discussed on many occasions, not least because these topics were priorities of the EU presidencies in 2018.

EU national Parliaments also contributed substantially to major political and legislative debates in 2018, mainly in Interparliamentary Committee Meetings (ICMs), but also during bilateral visits and meetings with rapporteurs of the European Parliament.

In 2018, the European Parliament received 473 submissions from EU national Parliaments under Protocol No 2 on the application of the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality. 46 of those were reasoned opinions whilst the other 427 were contributions. In addition, EU national Parliaments continued to make active use of Protocol No 1 commenting on either legislative files falling under the exclusive competence of the EU or on non-legislative documents by sending 259 contributions.

The launch of the Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group on Europol marked the development of a new form of interparliamentary cooperation. For the first time, EU national Parliaments and the European Parliament would jointly scrutinise and politically monitor an EU agency.

The European elections were also widely discussed in 2018, with a view to encouraging citizens to participate actively in democratic life and to cast their votes.

The annual activity report of the Directorate for Relations with National Parliaments gives an overview of all activities and developments in interparliamentary cooperation with national Parliaments in 2018. 

Report 2013/2014 on "Interparliamentary relations between the European Parliament and national Parliaments under the Treaty of Lisbon"