The Chairpersons’ meeting brings together the chairpersons of the European Affairs Committees of the national Parliaments of the Member States and representatives of the European Parliament. The aim of COSAC is to strengthen the role of national parliaments in EU lawmaking.
The overall theme of the Finnish presidency is “From discussions to solutions”. The presidency hopes that the institutional transition between the European elections and the commencement of the new Commission will be a time for reflection on how to move forward on some contentious issues that have remained unresolved.
The main political debate at the COSAC chairpersons’ meeting, on the Multiannual Financial Framework, will be held in this spirit. After a keynote address by Mr. Alain Lamassoure, former French minister and former MEP, participants are invited to give their views on how to find common ground, and an MFF that all member states can accept.
Ms Tytti Tuppurainen, Minister for European Affairs
Mr Alain Lamassoure, Former MEP and Former French Minister (CV in French)
17:15–18:15 Meeting of the Presidential Troika
9:00–9:15 Opening of the meeting
Welcome address by Ms Tuula Haatainen, Deputy Speaker of Eduskunta
Introductory remarks by Ms Satu Hassi, Chairperson of the Grand Committee of Eduskunta
Adoption of the agenda for the Meeting of the Chairpersons of COSAC
9:15–9:45 Procedural issues and miscellaneous matters
Briefing on the results of the meeting of the Presidential Troika of COSAC
Draft Agenda of the LXII COSAC
Outline of the 32nd Bi-annual Report of COSAC
Co-financing and Appointment of the Permanent Member of the COSAC Secretariat for 2020–2021
Letters received by the Presidency
9:45–10:30 Session I: Presentation on the Priorities of the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the European Union
Keynote Speaker: Ms Tytti Tuppurainen, Minister for European Affairs
10:30–11:15 Family photo and coffee break
11:15–12:55 Session II: What budget for European policies?
Keynote Speaker: Mr Alain Lamassoure, Former MEP and Former French Minister (CV in French)
12:55–13:00 Closing remarks by the Chair