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Commission meets European Parliament Committee Chairs

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The annual meeting is an important stepping stone before the adoption of the Commission's 2013 work programme on the 23 October.

Following the President's State of the Union address, given this year on 12 September, the meeting is an important part of the "special Partnership" between the Commission and the European Parliament. It provides an opportunity for Committee Chairs to assess the implementation of the 2012 work programme and to signal their policy preferences and expectations for the coming year.

The meeting takes place halfway through six weeks of intensive so-called "structured dialogue" that starts with the State of the Union Address in the Parliament. It rounds off the dialogues between the Commissioners and the parliamentary committees responsible for their respective policy.

The next steps will be the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament, scheduled on 10 October, and the adoption on 23 October of the next Commission work programme for 2013.

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