Belgian Presidency of the European Union
Parliamentary Activities
Meetings


    2011


JAN
 16-17
 2011
   Senate
Meeting held
EU Secretaries Generals Meeting
update 18/01/2011


The aim of this meeting was the preparation of the EU Speakers' Conference

APR
 3-5 
 2011
   House
Meeting held
EU Speakers' Conference
update 04/03/2011


Since 1975, the speakers of EU parliamentary assemblees meet once a year during an interparliamentary conference. This conference deals with EU topics and gatters the speakers of the parliaments of the EU only.

The aim of this meeting was to discuss the role that national parliaments can play in the European construction.


    2010


JUL
4-5 
2010
   Senate
Meeting held
COSAC Chairpersons' meeting

The Chairs of the EU bodies of the national Parliaments met at the Belgian Senate on 5 July 2010.

The focus of the meeting was the preparation of the plenary session of COSAC.

SEP
 14-16 
2010
   House
Meeting held
High Level Conference EU-Africa   
update 22/09/2010


Following a first conference organised in Brussels in 2005, the Belgian federal parliament organised together with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Western European Union, a High Level Conference on the relations between the European Union and Africa.

The co-operation in the field of development on the one hand and security on the other hand were discussed and evaluated, with emphasis on the parliamentary dimension.

SEP
 20-21 
2010
   House
Meeting held
Chairpersons' Meeting Finance Committees
update 05/10/2010


The meeting of the Chairpersons of the Finance committees was devoted to the following topics:

  • follow up of the economic recovery plans and the Stability and Growth pact,
  • architecture and control rules of financial institutions,
  • the issue of a Green tax shift.

SEP
 26-28 
2010
   House
Meeting held
Sixth Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership Meeting (ASEP VI) update 30/09/2010

The Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership (ASEP) Meeting is part of the overall Asia-Europe partnership process. It serves as a forum for interparliamentary contacts, exchanges and diplomacy among parliaments, and to promote mutual understanding among the people and countries of Asia and Europe.

ASEP meetings shall normally be convened on a regular bi-annual basis alternately in Asia and in Europe before the ASEM Summit.

 SEP
  30 
 2010

 OCT
  1 
 2010
   Senate
Meeting held
6th conference of the parliamentary committees for the oversight of intelligence and security services of the European Union Member States.
update 03/11/2010


Four themes were examined:

  1. National oversight on intelligence sharing at an international level
  2. Classified information vs the parliamentary freedom of speech
  3. Specificity of the parliamentary oversight of intelligence services compared with other forms of control of the Executive
  4. Minimal requirements for effective and efficient parliamentary oversight
Prof. Martin Scheinin ( UN special rapporteur) presented his draft report on principles and best practises on the legal and institutional frameworks for intelligence & intelligence oversight in counter-terrorism.

Furthermore, a proposal for a European expertise centre of the parliamentary institutions for the oversight of the intelligence and security services was presented.

 OCT
  3-4 
 2010
   Flemish Parliament
Meeting held
Chairpersons' Meeting Environment Committees
update 26/11/2010


The Chairs of the Environment Committees of the national parliaments will held a meeting about sustainable management of materials. The meeting was hosted by the Flemish Parliament.

OCT
 17-18 
2010
   Parliament of the French-Speaking Community, Parliament of the Walloon Region & Parliament of the Brussels Region
Meeting held
Chairpersons' Meeting Scientific Research & Innovation Committees
update 05/09/2011


The Parliament of the French-speaking Community, the Wallon Parliament and the Brussels Regional Parliament, organised together one of the meetings between the European Parliament and the national parliamentary assemblies of the European Union.
This meeting handled the issue of scientific research and took place on 17 and 18 October 2010 gathering the chairpersons of the competent committees of the EU parliaments.

OCT
 18-19 
2010
   House
Meeting held
Chairpersons' Meeting Foreign Affairs Committees (COFACC)
update 03/11/2010


The following topics were on the agenda:

  • Implementation of the European external action service
  • Evolution of the situation in the Middle-East
  • The Millennium development goals

OCT
 22-23
2010
   Senate
Meeting held
AWEPA
update 9/12/2010


AWEPA organised a conference of Europaen and African MP's in the Belgian Senate. The subject of the conference was "Development of a Parliamentary Strategy for Ending Female Genital Mutilation".

OCT
 24-26
2010
   Egmont
Meeting held
XLIV COSAC meeting
update 24/11/2010


Members of European Union and candidate country parliaments gathered at the Egmont Palace in Brussels to discuss current European issues over the course of a two-day meeting.

This meeting is the largest to be held during Belgiumís EU Presidency period. About 270 guests attended including the Prime Minister of Belgium, Yves Leterme, the President of the European Commission Josť Manuel Barroso and the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy.

NOV
 21-22
2010
   Senaat
Meeting held
Chairpersons' Meeting Equal Opportunities
update 1/12/2010


On 22 November 2010, the Chairs of Equal Opportunities Committees of the national Parliaments met in the Belgian Senate. During the meeting, the Chairs tackled several aspects regarding the socioeconomic position of women and men in the society.

NOV
 28-29
2010
   House
Meeting held
Chairpersons' Meeting Committees Transport and Infrastructure
update 1/12/2010


The focal points of the meeting of the Chairpersons of Infrastructure committees were the transeuropean infrastructure networks and the issue of electronic communication.

DEC
 7-8 
 2010
   House
Meeting held
Chairpersons' Meeting Social Affairs Committees
update 3/12/2010


The meeting of the Chairpersons of the Social Affairs and renewal of society committees was focused on the following main issue fighting against poverty:

  • promoting employment;
  • ensuring a minimum income for all;
  • removing the obstacles to social integration.

 



   Date last modified 05/09/2011