The Plenary Meeting of the Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC) brings together the delegations of the European Union Affairs Committees of the national parliaments of the Member States. The COSAC Plenary Meeting is held bi-annually, once during each presidency period.
At the meeting, each national parliament is represented by a maximum of six members. The European Parliament is also represented at the plenary by six members. Three members of the parliaments of each candidate country are invited to participate as observers. The doors are also open to MPs from Norway, Switzerland and Georgia.
Current issues of the European Union are discussed at the meetings. During the Estonian Presidency, development of the digital single market and the role of national parliaments are going to be discussed. The Prime Minister will give an overview of the state of play of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Other topics that will be discussed are not confirmed yet.
The European Union Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu will hold the Presidency of COSAC during Estonia’s Presidency. The Plenary Meeting will be chaired by the Chairperson of the European Union Affairs Committee, and in their absence by the Deputy Chairperson.
The Conference will be held in Tallinn in November 2017, and the European Union Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu is responsible for its organisation.
Topics of the meetings
At its sitting on 13 March, the European Union Affairs Committee decided that the COSAC Chairpersons’ Meeting would focus on priorities of the Estonian Presidency and start-ups. The future of the EU, the role of national parliaments, the digital single market, security and migration were approved as the topics of the COSAC Plenary Meeting.
Estonia’s Presidency programme is based on four main topics – an open and innovative European economy, a safe and secure Europe, a digital Europe and the free movement of data, and an inclusive and sustainable Europe.
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