COSAC is a Conference of the committees of the national Parliaments of the European Union Member States dealing with the European Union affairs as well as representatives of the European Parliament.
The Helsinki COSAC will be one for open political discussion, hopefully leading to future European action.
Consolidating the Rule of Law is one of the themes of the Finnish Presidency. During the COSAC the relation between the Rule of Law and fundamental rights will also be discussed. Ten years ago, the EU took a massive step towards political cohesion by integrating into its acquis the European Charter of Fundamental Rights.
presidency invites delegations to take stock of achievements in these fields and to suggest where the EU should go from here. Also, the mutual dynamic of security and fundamental rights may merit some reflection.
COSAC will also debate “A winning climate strategy for Europe”. Based on keynote introductions from European innovators, delegations are invited to discuss how climate and energy policy can be the basis for a new era of economic progress in Europe.
Finally, the presidency will devote some time to discussing COSAC itself. What are we doing right and what can we improve? The presidency hopes that this might be the basis for a process of renewing and revitalising the work of COSAC.
8.15 – 9.00 Meetings of the political groups
9.00 – 9.15 Opening of the meeting
Welcome address by Mr Matti Vanhanen, Speaker of the EduskuntaIntroductory remarks by Mr Kimmo Kiljunen, Member of the Grand Committee of the Eduskunta
Adoption of the Agenda for the Plenary Meeting of the LXII COSAC
9.15 – 10.15 Session I: The Finnish Presidency of the EU Council
Chair: Mr Kimmo Kiljunen, Member of the Grand Committee of the EduskuntaSpeaker: Mr Antti Rinne, Prime Minister of Finland
Exchange of views
Discussion on the Draft Contribution and Draft Conclusions of the LXII COSAC