Secretaries General of European Union parliaments will meet at the Seimas

13 January 2014, Last updated at, 13:41 EET
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author: O. Posaškova

With the last event of the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU Council – a conference of Chairpersons of EU parliaments in spring at the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania – approaching, on 26–27 January the Secretaries General of EU parliaments will meet in Vilnius.

During a session which will be chaired by Jonas Milerius, Chancellor of the Seimas, the heads of parliaments' administration offices will analyse the Seimas draft programme for the forthcoming conference, and cover the coordination of EU matters in the administration offices of parliaments. It is planned that Kathrina Flossing, Secretary General of the Riksdag of the Kingdom of Sweden, Horst Risse, Secretary General of the Bundestag of the Federal Republic of Germany, and Jean-Pierre Bloch, Director of the European Affairs at the National Assembly of the Republic of France, will read reports and share best practices in the field.

The meeting at the Seimas will also focus on the issues of IPEX (Interparliamentary EU Information Exchange). Mr Risse, who is currently the IPEX Chair of the Board, will present a yearly report on IPEX activities. The Secretaries General will also have to appoint a new IPEX Chair of the Board and approve the Board's members.

The IPEX system is dedicated to facilitating interparliamentary cooperation in the EU by allowing parliaments to electronically exchange EU-related information and opinions on parliamentary surveillance, including subsidiarity aspects, and manage the schedule of interparliamentary sessions. Furthermore, IPEX increases transparency and for the first time allows national parliaments to publicize their documents for all EU national parliaments via the website for European and candidate countries' parliaments (www.ipex.eu). The heads of parliamentary administration offices are responsible for ensuring IPEX activities.

Even though the official term of the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU Council ended on 31 December 2013, the parliament of the country presiding over the EU Council in the second half of the year is obligated to organize a conference of Chairpersons of EU parliaments, and during preparations for it – a meeting of Secretaries General of EU parliaments. The Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, presiding over the conference of Chairpersons of EU parliaments, together with Cyprus and Italy constitute a Presidency Trio.


 

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