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“Parliament 2024”: a more modern and efficient Parliament after the elections | News

On Wednesday, MEPs approved (with 429 votes in favour, 148 against, and 47 abstentions) the report implementing the recommendations by the Parliamentary reform group “Parliament 2024”, as endorsed by the Conference of Presidents (EP President Metsola and political group chairs) in December 2023.

The reforms will improve Parliament’s functioning as a co-legislator, arm of the budgetary authority, and discharge authority, as well as increase its capacity to exercise democratic oversight and hold the other institutions, particularly the Commission, accountable. Improvements to plenary sessions are also included.

Parliament’s President

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commented on the reforms: “Since my election in 2022, I have made modernisation of the ********* Parliament my priority. These reforms will make this House more efficient and more effective. With these measures in place the ********* Parliament will be on a much stronger footing starting from the next mandate.”

The rapporteur and Chair of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs, Salvatore De Meo (EPP, IT) said: “The reform we approved today aims not only to make our legislative work more effective, capable of responding to the emergencies we have witnessed in recent years, but also to ensure that our budget and scrutiny powers are fully exploited. The new rules are the result of a long reflection shared by all political groups, as they are necessary to guarantee the smooth functioning of the ********* Parliament.”

Improving the legislative process

MEPs decided to improve the way in which committees cooperate by simplifying working methods to significantly reduce conflicts of competence among them. This will increase Parliament’s speed and efficiency and enhance its capacity to swiftly adopt consistent positions. The new referral procedure will allow for Commission proposals to be attributed in a more straightforward manner, which in turn will translate into legislative work starting earlier. The Conference of Presidents will now also have the possibility to propose to plenary to set up a temporary legislative committee to deal with especially broad crosscutting legislative proposals that would otherwise involve an unusually large number of committees, which would make the legislative process very difficult to handle.

Regarding Parliament’s institutional role, the reforms will ensure greater democratic control and accountability. MEPs introduced a new accountability mechanism to make sure Parliament’s institutional role is safeguarded and not undermined by Commission proposals for draft Council decisions addressing severe difficulties in member states, e.g. disruptions in the supply of certain products. These are proposals based on Article 122 TFEU, which was originally meant to be used only in very specific exceptional situations, but which has been increasingly relied upon by the Commission. In the same vein, MEPs included a proper review of the urgent procedure limiting it to exceptional and strictly necessary cases only, thereby reinforcing Parliament’s means of scrutiny and meaningful parliamentary deliberations.

More democratic scrutiny and engaging plenary debates

To increase parliamentary scrutiny, MEPs voted in favour of, inter alia, introducing the concept of special scrutiny hearings to question Commissioners on an issue of major political importance. The reforms also include the possibility to hold ad hoc plenary sessions as well as special scrutiny sessions with the President of the Commission or selected Commissioners without a pre-defined theme, to be held once per plenary session. The process of confirmation hearings for Commissioners-designate is also simplified and made more flexible.

Parliament’s role as budgetary and discharge authority

On the budget and discharge, MEPs voted in favour of creating a strong link between their work on legislation and on the EU budget, thus making sure that Parliament’s policy priorities are backed up with the right amount of money. This integrated approach will see the legislative committees and Parliament’s budget experts work hand in hand throughout the legislative and budgetary cycle. All legislative proposals with an impact on the EU budget will from now on undergo a budgetary assessment, while Parliament will also update and focus its way of checking how the EU budget has been spent, to help ensure good value for money.

Next steps

The new rules will come into force at the beginning of the first plenary session after the ********* elections (6-9 June), i.e. on 16 July 2024. For the changes relating to interinstitutional cooperation to be implemented, the 2010 Framework Agreement between the Parliament and the Commission will have to be revised – a procedure already initiated by President Metsola.

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