Press release from MEP Cecilia Wikström
Cecilia Wikström, Chair of the Conference of Committee Chairs (CCC), has been entrusted by President Tajani to represent the European Parliament in the high-level inter-institutional team to assess the implementation of the better law-making agreement. Wikström can base her position on a political assessment made at the level of the CCC, based on the practical experiences committees have in implementing the agreement.
The first stock taking meeting took place on Tuesday 12 December with Commission First Vice President Timmermans and with Minister Masikaas representing the Council Presidency.
All participants have underlined the progress made in various areas, such as the register of delegated acts, officially launched on the occasion of the meeting, allowing everybody to follow delegated acts from their preparation until their adoption.
Whilst acknowledging the efforts from all sides to improve the legislative process, Wikström underlined that a better exchange of information between the institutions could still be achieved under the agreement. She also issued a call on Member States to communicate how EU legislation is transposed at national level and whether elements have been added on top (“gold-plating”) by Member States.
Wikström also expressed Parliament’s wish for access to information on the negotiation of international agreements, allowing for democratic scrutiny and the need for a proper impact assessment before a legislative proposal is submitted, allowing for an informed choice.
“The citizen wants the EU to deliver. This is a shared responsibility for Parliament, Commission and Council alike. We need to be transparent and able to explain why and how legislation is made in the EU and who is responsible for what. Parliament plays a key role in shaping the EU legislation. Therefore, we want to convince the citizens that their vote in the next elections matters.”
For more information, please contact:
Linda Aziz, Head of Press of Cecilia Wikström
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