A bigger role for parliaments as Europe's economic coordination deepens
Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič welcomed the start of the Lithuanian presidency of the EU with a visit to Vilnius on 7-8 July for meetings with parliamentarians.
Speaking to members of the European affairs committee of the Seimas on 7 July, V-P Šefčovič praised Lithuania for its resolve and resilience during the euro crisis, praising the country's reforms that have brought real results and set the country on track to potentially join the euro in 2015.
And parliamentarians will have a key role to play as the eurozone expands and economic and monetary union becomes ever deeper, he told the chairs of European affairs committees from the 28 Member States at a meeting on 8 July. "National and European parliamentarians will have a vital part to play in ensuring democratic accountability within the EMU as more sovereignty is pooled," he told the COSAC chairpersons meeting.