The Secretariat-General (SG) is responsible for relations between the Commission and other European institutions and bodies.
It also coordinates action by Commission departments in Council bodies to ensure that the Commission's position is consistent and correct, especially with regard to institutional and procedural matters, and keeps the Commission informed of debates in the Council, the meetings of permanent representatives (Coreper I and II) and the Special Committee on Agriculture (SCA).
The SG is the contact point between the European Parliament and the Commission for the whole range of interinstitutional relations, in particular with regard to following up parliamentary committee meetings and plenary sessions, and dealing with parliamentary questions. These relations are governed, in the context of the treaties, by the May 2005 framework agreement [62 KB] between the two institutions.
It is also responsible for relations with the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Committee of the Regions (CoR). These two consultative committees help the Council and the Commission to draft Community legislation. Relations between the Commission and these Committees are regulated, in the context of the treaties, by protocols with the EESC and the CoR dating from 2005.
The SG is also responsible for relations with national parliaments in EU countries, in particular coordinating responses to parliamentary reactions to the Commission's legislative proposals. It keeps in contact with COSAC (Conference of Community and European Affairs Committees of Parliaments of the European Union) and the Conference of Speakers of the EU Parliaments.
The SG coordinates action by the Commission departments with regard to its regulatory and executive agencies. It helps ensure a consistent approach by the Commission in its relations with agencies and provides them with operational and institutional support at the different stages of their life - creation, operation and monitoring. This allows the Commission to carry out its duties, particularly those of the Communities' executive body, to the highest standard.