Speaker of the House of Representatives Chairs the LVII COSAC

Between 28 and 30 May 2017, Speaker of the House of Representatives Angelo Farrugia chaired the LVII COSAC. This is the sixth and final meeting falling within the parliamentary dimension of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union organised by the Maltese Parliament, running between January and June 2017.
In view of the dissolution of Parliament on 1 May 2017, and as per relevant Constitutional provisions, Members of Parliament, with the exception of the Speaker of the House who remains in office until the first sitting of the new Parliament, effectively lose their seat.
Speaker Angelo Farrugia is thus presiding over the three-day programme in the stead of the Chairman of the Foreign and European Affairs Committee.

The topics for discussion will address the progress registered by the Maltese Presidency of the Council in respect of its priorities for the six months, the role of national Parliaments in the future of the EU, the outcome of the UK referendum, the Blue Economy
, and migration. Keynote speakers addressing the meeting include Maltese Foreign Affairs Minister George Vella, First Vice-President of the European Commission Mr Frans Timmermans, European Commissioner responsible for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos, European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Mr Karmenu Vella, and Chief Negotiator for the Preparation and Conduct of the Negotiations with the United Kingdom Mr Michel Barnier.

The Plenary meeting of the Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of the Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC) brings together chairpersons and members of the European affairs committees of national Parliaments of the European Union and observer countries, and members of the European Parliament. COSAC is the forum for national Parliaments to exchange best practices and information on their role and relationship with the European Union and European Institutions.