Where does my work in parliament fit into the cycle of EU law-making and national responsibilities?
Have other parliaments come up with new ideas for managing the scrutiny process?
How can I find out how other countries are dealing with an EU file, and tell them what I am doing?
This course will help you answer such questions. It has been developed as a common European training seminar for officials of national and regional parliaments by EIPA in association with a working group of the InterParliamentary EU information eXchange (IPEX).
The role of national and regional parliaments is a key issue for good European governance, never more so than in the current political climate. Each chamber needs to make the best use possible of available opportunities to exercise scrutiny, as well as to participate in interparliamentary cooperation and to contribute to policy debate at the EU level.
This course offers parliamentary officials a unique combination of focused knowledge acquisition through interaction with academic specialists and hands-on learning on the basis of exchanges of practice and input from experienced parliamentary practitioners.
What you will learn in this course:
You will learn about topics that all parliamentary officials involved in EU affairs need to know well:
- the legal and institutional framework governing EU competences;
- the main ways in which national parliaments participate in EU affairs, vis-à-vis the EU institutions as well as their own national governments;
- the subsidiarity principle, and the modalities by which national and regional parliaments monitor respect for the subsidiarity principle;
- the operation of the IPEX platform;
- the sources of information on EU files and procedures.
Who is this course for:
- staff of national and regional parliaments in the EU member states
- officials of EU institutions and bodies concerned with national parliaments
- anyone concerned with the roles of parliaments in EU policy processes, from national subsidiarity checks to the Parliamentary Dimension of the Council Presidency
Course methodology and highlights
You will receive some background materials in advance in order to prepare for the course.
The course consists of
- concise introductory presentations followed by discussion
- extensive insights with multiple examples and real life cases
- group exercises
You will also take part in workshops based on exchanges of experiences in order to consider possible means to improve practical effectiveness in the different national scrutiny processes.