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The European Union Affairs Committee (EUAC) decided to send a letter to the President of the European Council Donald Tusk in support of increasing the role of national parliaments in EU legislative drafting. This is one of the proposals by the United Kingdom that the British want to discuss at the meeting of the European Council next week.

The Chairman of the EUAC Kalle Palling says that national parliaments play an important role in harmonising their national legislations with the European legislation. “We support the so-called red card initiative of the UK: the Council should stop the legislative proceedings of an EU draft legislation if more than 55 % of national parliaments are against it. This would provide an excellent opportunity to check the importance of the draft legislation, and to avoid unnecessary legislative obstacles to businesses and individuals,” Palling said.

The EUAC hopes that other national parliaments will also express their support to the support letter before the meeting of the European Council on 18–19 February. The Council will negotiate with the UK on a new EU agreement concerning the eurozone and the relations between Members States that do not belong to it. Other topics will include improving the competitiveness of the EU, and the free movement of citizens.

The EUAC supported the positions of Estonia for the meeting of the Council, where Estonia will be represented by Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas.

Photos of the sitting 

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