Cabi­net min­is­ters’ grilling by Euro­pean Par­lia­ment kicks off

Malta Independent - - NEWS - He­lena Grech

The Euro­pean Par­lia­ment will be­gin its grilling of Cabi­net Min­is­ters in view of Malta’s turn at the EU Coun­cil Pres­i­dency in or­der to be con­vinced that the agen­das for their re­spec­tive port­fo­lios are sat­is­fac­tory for the MEPs.

The Euro­pean Par­lia­ment as well as the Coun­cil are jointly re­spon­si­ble for pass­ing EU pol­icy into law, after re­ceiv­ing pol­icy pro­pos­als from the Com­mis­sion.

The EP and the Coun­cil then send pol­icy doc­u­ments back and forth, with any nec­es­sary amend­ments, un­til both sides are sat­is­fied.

Fol­low­ing agree­ment on both sides, through the Or­di­nary Leg­isla­tive Pro­ce­dure, that pol­icy doc­u­ment is then made into EU law.

Grilling will en­tail dis­cus­sions be­tween the Min­is­ters and cor­re­spond­ing EP com­mit­tees, where Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ters will be pre­sent­ing its pro­gramme for the up­com­ing six months, and will en­tail an ex­change of views.

Its pur­pose is to iden­tify av­enues where the Pres­i­dency and the EP will be able to work on to bridge gaps in di­ver­gent ideas.

In Jan­uary, a to­tal of 17 grilling ses­sions will take place, with the first Min­is­ters to take the hot seat are Home Af­fairs Min­is­ter Carmelo Abela and Jus­tice Min­is­ter Owen Bon­nici on 12 Jan­uary.

It will be nec­es­sary for the Min­is­ters to con­vince EP par­lia­men­tary groups on at least 90 per cent of their pro­posed pro­grammes per­tain­ing to their re­spec­tive port­fo­lios.

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