The Secretaries General of the European Parliament and the national Parliaments of the European Union will hold their annual meeting in Helsinki on 26 and 27 January 2020. The Secretaries General will discuss the programme of the EU Speakers' Conference (17 - 19 May) and the institutional aspects of inter-parliamentary cooperation in the EU.
The Secretaries general will devote a session to the proposed revision of the Guidelines for Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation in the EU, increased use of technology in inter-parliamentary cooperation and the organisation of the first Interparliamentary Committee Meeting on Eurojust. The Finnish presidency has prepared reports on these three subjects. The session will also discuss the current state of the EU's Early Warning Mechanism and Political Dialogue mechanism, following the Conclusions of the latest COSAC conference.
The Secretaries General will hear a report on upgrades to the Parliaments' information exchange system IPEX.
Sunday, 26 January 2020
18.30–19.00 Meeting of the Secretaries General of the Troika
Monday, 27 January 2020
9.00 Opening of the meeting
Welcome address by Mr Matti Vanhanen, Speaker of the EduskuntaIntroductory remarks by Ms Maija-Leena Paavola, Secretary General of the Eduskunta
9.15 Session I: Presentation of the draft programme of the conference of Speakers of the EU Parliaments
Introduction: Ms Maija-Leena Paavola, Secretary General of the EduskuntaExchange of views
9.45 Presentation of parliamentary events during the Croatian EU Council Presidency
Introduction: Ms Andrea Halambek, Director, Office for International and European Affairs, CroatiaExchange of views
10.00 European Parliament after the European Elections
Mr Klaus Welle, Secretary General of the European ParliamentExchange of views
10.15 The Conference on the Future of Europe
Introduction: Prof. Dr. Horst Risse, Secretary General of the German BundestagExchange of views
11.00 Session II: IPEX related issues
IPEX Annual ReportConclusions on IPEX
Introduction: Mr Harald Dossi, Secretary General of the Austrian ParliamentExchange of views
11.15 Family photo and coffee break
12.00 Session III: The current state of inter-parliamentary cooperation in the EU
Introduction: Ms Maija-Leena Paavola, Secretary General of the EduskuntaReports of the Working Group for updating the IPC GuidelinesPresidency report on the Interparliamentary Committee Meeting on EurojustQuestions raised by the COSAC Conclusions of 3 December 2019Any other business
Exchange of views
Guided tour of the Parliament Building (optional)