AFCO


The Constitutional Affaires Committee, aka (Affaires Constitutionnelles) is responsible in the first and foremost for dealing with inevitable and essential issues. Among other things, the committee is also responsible for the implementation of the Treaty and the assessment of its operations, for the institutional aspects regarding the negotiations of the Union, for legal aspects regarding the creation and administration of new institutions, and for the inter-institutional relations.

Currently, the new common is being discussed in the committee, with discussions dating back to 1976. The committee also executes institutional supervision of the existence of serious and persistent breaches by any Member State.

At first glance, these might not be the most interesting subjects, but yet they are of great significance.

For instance, the framework and principles for the newly established European External Action Service (), introduced by the , were set also in the Parliament’s AFCO committee in the first half of 2010 (with the so-called Brok- report).

It was made possible by the new co-decision procedure, also introduced by the new Lisbon Treaty, meaning that the EP had the same legislative role to play together with the and the Council.

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