Chairperson of the Foreign and European Affairs Committee Luciano Busuttil, presides over the meeting of the Chairpersons of COSAC


22-Jan-2017
 

​On 22 and 23 January 2017 the Maltese House of Representatives will host the first meeting falling within the Parliamentary Dimension of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The meeting of the Chairpersons of the Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of the Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC) brings together the chairpersons of the European Affairs Committees of national Parliaments of the European Union, members of the European Parliament and observer countries. The main aim of the Chairpersons’ meeting is to prepare the agenda of the LVII COSAC, which will meet in Malta between 28 and 30 May 2017. COSAC is the primary forum where members of parliament exchange best practices and information on their role and relationship with the European Union and European Institutions.

The two-day event starts with a meeting of the Presidential Troika. Currently the Troika is presided by Malta, and comprises Slovakia, as the Member State preceding the current presidency and Estonia as the country taking over the presidency in the second half of 2017.

On 23 January, the meeting of the Chairpersons of COSAC will gather over 100 delegates and together they will discuss the agenda set by the Maltese House of Representatives. The discussion will focus on the priorities of the Maltese Presidency and the Commission Work Programme for 2017. The Conference shall be opened by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Anġlu Farrugia. The keynote speakers addressing the delegates include the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for European Affairs and the Implementation of the Electoral Manifesto Hon. Louis Grech, Minister for Tourism Hon. Edward Zammit Lewis and the first Vice President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans.

All the updates and necessary documentation concerning this meeting can be accessed via the Parliamentary Dimension website www.parl.eu2017.mt. The meeting of the Chairpersons of COSAC on Monday, 23 January 2917 shall be streamed live on https://livestream.com/meetingofthechairpersonsofcosac2/events/6896850. Proceedings can be followed in English on https://livestream.com/accounts/23069822/events/6896837