Inter-institutional discussions at April Plenary in Strasbourg
The April Plenary session of the European Parliament is taking place in Strasbourg, and Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič was there on Wednesday for a series of discussions with MEPs on important inter-institutional issues.
V-P Šefčovič started the day with his regular meeting with Denmark's Europe Minister Nicolai Wammen, representing the current EU Presidency, to discuss a range of common issues, notably ongoing discussions over the reforms of EU agencies.
He then took part in the College debate with his fellow Commissioners on a new communication for growth and jobs in Greece, recognising the efforts made by the government and people of Greece and highlighting 30 key measures to stimulate growth, create jobs and mitigate the social impact of the crisis.
This was followed by meetings with various MEPs: first, with David Martin from the UK to discuss his report on commissions of inquiry, and in particular the role of EU civil servants; then, with Spain's Miguel Angel Martinez-Martinez to debate relations with national parliaments and the EP.
The final meeting of the busy day in Strasbourg focused on Commission Question Time – the regular part of the Plenary where MEPs can quiz Commissioners on any issue they choose. V-P Šefčovič met with British MEP Edward Macmillan-Scott, the EP Vice-President responsible for question time, to discuss proposals for making this part of the Plenary more effective in the interests of transparency and cooperation between the two institutions.