European regions gather at Holyrood to discuss EU challenges

05/05/2009

Politicians from Catalonia, Flanders, Baden-Wurttemberg and Wales will be among a delegation gathering at the Scottish Parliament on Friday 8 May for a seminar scrutinising the way regional parliaments deal with European matters.

Hosted by the European and External Relations Committee, the seminar will bring together representatives from parliaments in Saxony-Anhalt, Catalonia, Bavaria, Flanders, Baden-Wurttemberg, Wales and Northern Ireland for a series of workshops and presentations.

The day will focus on the challenges facing regional parliaments in dealing with EU matters, the complexity of the subject matter, the role of European committees and other subject committees, and formal arrangements between governments and regional parliaments.

Convener of the European and External Relations Committee Irene Oldfather said: “With the European elections fast approaching we are keen to learn from others how we might influence and work with the next European Parliament, while at the same time holding the Scottish Government to account.

"The seminar will provide an opportunity for free and frank discussions between representatives from regional parliaments across Europe about the issues and challenges involved in scrutinising European issues.

"The discussions will provide an opportunity to jointly explore some of the problems and difficulties regional parliaments face in doing this, particularly in terms of limited resources, and encourage the sharing of good practices.”

Further information
The day will comprise two workshop sessions, with each one including presentations on different aspects of EU matters, followed by discussion sessions for participants to air their views and share experiences.

The seminar is open to invited participants only.

For more information about the committee's remit and work programme please visit the European and External Relations Committee homepage.

 

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