Conference on 20 years of Codecision:
- closing remarks by Alejo VIDAL-QUADRAS ROCA (EPP, ES) , EP Vice-president for Conciliation
Lieu: European Parliament Brussels
End production: 04/11/2013 First transmission: 04/11/2013
The EP organised a special conference to mark 20 years of co-decision. The Parliament has been the people's voice at a European level since 1979 but it was only in 1993 that it was recognised as an equal partner by the other EU institutions. Introduced by the Maastricht Treaty, the co-decision procedure gave the Parliament and the Council of the European Union an equal say on a wide range of issues. Now the vast majority of European laws are adopted this way.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English), Alejo VIDAL-QUADRAS ROCA (EPP, ES), EP Vice-president for Conciliation: "First of all, with the successive treaties revisions, an increasing number of policy fields in co-decision have resulted in a growing political responsibility of our parliament. And this has resulted in a greater presence within the daily lives of citizens. And I think this, in terms of quality of European democracy, is something extremely positive. Moreover, the co-decision procedure has itself changed a lot. We have gone from a large amount of conciliations meetings, to almost 80 % of agreement being reached at first reading".
||SOUNDBITE (in English), Alejo VIDAL-QUADRAS ROCA (EPP, ES), EP Vice-president for Conciliation: " In fact, what we have done is to make bigger, to enlarge the first reading, but trying not to do it in detriment of the final result. Nevertheless, transparency of the negotiations, in the context of the co-decision procedure, remains an issue and the new rules of procedures of the Parliament have recently been further strengthened in order to make them more effective, more transparent and more inclusive. But after what we have heard today, it seems that there is more to do in this area".
||SOUNDBITE (in English), Alejo VIDAL-QUADRAS ROCA (EPP, ES), EP Vice-president for Conciliation: "Although co-decision procedure has been changing over the last twenty years, there are, at institutional level, some features that have remained constant over these years. These are the need, for the different institutions, to first define their position, before finding a compromise among institutions. That is absolutely crucial".
||SOUNDBITE (in English), Alejo VIDAL-QUADRAS ROCA (EPP, ES), EP Vice-president for Conciliation:" There is a kind of golden rule, that any chair of conciliation should follow. This, I think, you can extend to the whole co-decision procedure. The first one is to know very well the issue you are discussing".
||SOUNDBITE (in English), Alejo VIDAL-QUADRAS ROCA (EPP, ES), EP Vice-president for Conciliation:" The second thing is the human factor. So, you must create the atmosphere for the people to be comfortable and to be ready for the agreement. This is psychological but it is absolutely essential".
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