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All-party committee of inquiry on the Riksdag’s work with EU matters

Published: 10 June 2016 at 10.20

On 8 June, the Riksdag Board decided that an all-party committee of inquiry will examine the Riksdag’s work with EU matters. The inquiry will be led by First Deputy Speaker Tobias Billström (Moderate Party).

The inquiry will examine the Riksdag’s work with EU matters. Some of the questions included in the inquiry concern what position the Riksdag should and can take regarding developments in the EU towards a reinforced role for the national parliaments. The inquiry will also examine whether the division of responsibilities between the Riksdag and the Government has changed.

“It is approximately ten years since the Riksdag last conducted a major all-party inquiry to review work with EU-related matters. Cooperation in the EU has changed during this period. For example, the crises in recent years have demanded rapid decisions at EU level. That is why it is important now to examine the Riksdag’s work with EU matters in order to ensure appropriate work procedures and tools”, says Tobias Billström.

A further eleven members representing all the parties in the Riksdag will be appointed. The committee of inquiry will start its work in September 2016, and is to present its report by 1 October 2017.

Background

In April 2016, the Riksdag decided, on the basis of a proposal from the Committee on the Constitution, to direct an announcement to the Riksdag Board with the recommendation that it appoint an all-party committee of inquiry with the remit of examining the Riksdag’s work with EU matters, including what position the Riksdag should and can take regarding developments in the EU towards a reinforced role for the national parliaments. The Riksdag Board gave the Secretary-General of the Riksdag the task of preparing the terms of reference for such an inquiry. The proposal for the terms of reference was prepared together with the party group leaders.