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									                   EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
                                                                      Strasbourg, 15 June 2010

                       CONFERENCE OF COMMITTEE CHAIRS

                             Meeting of 15 June 2010, Strasbourg

                                           Minutes


The meeting opened at 14.10 with Mr LEHNE in the chair.

The Conference congratulated Mr Aguiriano Nalda for his appointment by the Bureau, on 14
June 2010, as new Director General for External Policies.

1. Adoption of draft agenda (PE 418.553rev)

The draft agenda was adopted.


2. Approval of the minutes of the extraordinary meeting of 4 May 2010 (PE 418.551rev)

The minutes of the extraordinary meeting of 4 May 2010 were adopted.


3. Adoption of a recommendation concerning the agenda for the July part-session
   (Monday 5 to Thursday 8 July 2010)

The Conference took note of the request made by Mrs Bowles, chair of the ECON committee,
to include the own-initiative report on "Remuneration of directors of listed companies and
remuneration policies in the financial services sector" in the July part-session agenda. It also
heard the remarks of Mr Simpson, chair of the TRAN committee, on the persistent inadequate
timing of the reports of his committee in Plenary.

The Conference of Committee Chairs approved the list of reports and oral questions that the
committees wished to have entered on the agenda for the July part-session (Monday 5 to
Thursday 8) and invited its Chair to submit its recommendation to the Conference of
Presidents.


4. Adoption of a recommendation concerning requests for authorisation to draw up
   own-initiative reports

The Conference of Committee Chairs noted the following documents:
   - two letters of 11 and 12.05.2010 from Mrs SVENSSON, Chair of the FEMM
      Committee,
   - four letters of 18 and 28.05.2010 and of 08.06.2010 from Mrs JOLY, Chair of the
      DEVE Committee,
   - a letter of 14.05.2010 from Mr LÓPEZ AGUILAR, Chair of the LIBE Committee,
   - a letter of 01.06.2010 from Mrs FRAGA ESTÉVEZ, Chair of the PECH Committee,
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   -   a letter of 02.06.2010 from Mr DE MAGISTRIS, Chair of the CONT Committee,
   -   two letters of 02 and 04.06.2010 from Mrs BOWLES, Chair of the ECON Committee,
   -   a letter of 07.06.2010 from Mr ALBERTINI, , Chair of the AFET Committee,
   -   three letters of 08.06.2010 from Mr REUL, Chair of the ITRE Committee,
   -   a letter of 09.06.2010 from Mr HARBOUR, Chair of the IMCO Committee,
   -   a letter of 15.06.2010 from Mrs BERÈS, Chair of the EMPL Committee.

The CHAIR indicated that the list contained in the file included 16 new requests for
authorisation to draw up own-initiative reports submitted by the committees AFET, DEVE,
CONT, ECON, ITRE, IMCO, PECH, LIBE and FEMM, as well as one notification regarding
an own-initiative report submitted by the DEVE committee and subject to automatic
authorisation.

The Conference approved the requests which were not contested, and instructed the Chair to
forward them to the Conference of Presidents for final authorisation and information.

5. Exchange of views with Mr Olivier CHASTEL, Belgian State Secretary for
   European Affairs, on the Belgian Presidency programme in relation to committees
   activities

The Conference of Committee Chairs noted the following documents:
   - a letter of 18.03.2010 from Mr LEHNE, Chair of the Conference of Committee
      Chairs,
   - a letter of 28.05.2010 from Mr Olivier CHASTEL, Belgian State Secretary for
      European Affairs,
   - Curriculum Vitae of Mr Olivier CHASTEL, Belgian State Secretary for European
      Affairs,
   - proposal for a structure of the debate,
   - a draft calendar of the Belgian Presidency of the European Union updated 24.05.2010
      and 10.06.2010,
   - a letter of 27.05.2010 from Mr VAN ROMPUY, President of the European Council,
      on the time-table for the adoption of Europe 2020 and integrated guidelines,
   - a letter of 02.06.2010 from Mrs BERÈS, Chair of the EMPL Committee, on the
      implementation of the "employment guidelines (Srategy "Europe 2020")".

The CHAIR welcomed Mr Chastel, Belgian State Secretary for European Affairs, and gave
him the floor to proceed to an exchange of views on the priorities of the Belgian Presidency.

Mr CHASTEL outlined the main priorities of the Belgian Presidency starting by the exit to
the crisis and the re-launch of growth. He pointed out the importance of the legislative
proposals to strengthen the financial sector, for which he pleaded for a close cooperation
between the European Parliament and the Council in order for the new structures to be
operational by 1 January 2011. Mr CHASTEL also underscored that the progress in these files
would reinforce the position of the Union in the G-20. He also pointed out the relevance of
the Task Force on Economic Governance - set up by the European Council - and of its future
conclusions, to be presented in October 2010. In the same context, he mentioned the
important adoption of the EU 2020 strategy by the June European Council and reminded that
the first of the flagship initiatives, on research, development and innovation, would be the
central point of the October European Council. In addition, he highlighted the relevance of the
Monti Report on the Internal Market and expressed the intention of the Belgian Presidency to
re-launch the debate on the European Patent as a key instrument to unleash Europe's
competitiveness.
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In relation to the stimulation of social progress and the fight against poverty and social
exclusion, the Belgian State Secretary for European Affairs stressed the importance of the EU
2020 strategy as a tool for the creation of employment in Europe. In this framework, he
pointed out several of the priority sectors to be included amongst the flagship initiatives to
boost employment and skills, such as the stimulation of green jobs, senior employment, fight
against discrimination and the development of flexsecurity measures. Mr CHASTEL
underlined the intention of the Belgian Presidency to launch an in-depth debate on youth
unemployment and population aging.

On the re-launch of the negotiations on climate and environment, Mr CHASTEL highlighted
the intention of the Presidency to follow-up on the negotiations on climate and environment in
view of the International Conference to be held in Cancun from 29 November to 10
December 2010, as well as on the follow-up of existing legislative proposals related to the
environment. In relation to the Future of the Common Agricultural Policy, Mr CHASTEL
stressed the importance of the consultation launched by the Commission and the general
debate on its orientation to take place in December.

As for the deepening of the freedom, security and justice area, Mr CHASTEL underlined that
the development of the Stockholm programme would require a considerable legislative
activity to which the Belgian Presidency was committed, especially in relation to the area of
judicial cooperation in criminal matters, including the mutual recognition of judicial decisions
and judgements and a European system of obtaining evidence, as well as the area of migration
and asylum and the attainment of a common migration policy. In addition, the Presidency
would work towards the conclusion of the SWIFT agreement between the EU and the USA,
as a tool to fight terrorism.

The Belgian State Secretary for European Affairs stressed the importance of the innovations
introduced by the Lisbon Treaty in the area of external relations and the establishment of a
European External Action Service. He added that transparency and coordination would be at
the core of the Presidency's work in relation to the negotiation of the mandates for
international agreements. Mr CHASTEL also underlined the importance of enlargement and
the continuation of the different processes opened.

And finally, on the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty, the Secretary of State underlined the
possible adoption of the Citizen's Initiative Regulation during the Belgian Presidency, as well
as the importance of the Regulation on implementing acts and the general implementation of
the new Budgetary Procedure as key elements to which the Belgian presidency would attach
its outmost efforts.

Mr Chastel's presentation of the Belgian priorities was followed by the interventions of Mr
ALBERTINI, chair of the AFET committee, on the EEAS and the need to reach a political
agreement as soon as possible underlining the spirit of cooperation of the European
Parliament in this regard; Mr HARBOUR, chair of the IMCO committee, on the Monti Report
and initiatives to stem from it as well as on the need to continue the debate on
competitiveness; Mr LAMASSOURE, chair of the BUDG committee, on the interinstitutional
cooperation in the framework of the budgetary procedure and the commitment at political
level needed in all stages of the procedure, on the midterm review of the Financial
Perspectives and on the content of the EU 2020 strategy and the resources necessary to make
it a success; Mr KLINZ, chair of the CRIS special committee, on the economic crisis and the
need to address its answers with the full engagement of the European Citizens and on the
position of the EU in the world; Mr MOREIRA, chair of the INTA committee, on the future
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Commission's communication on the Union's Trade Strategy and the new provisions of the
Lisbon Treaty in this area; Mrs SVENSSON, chair of the FEMM committee, on the exit to the
crisis, economic growth and the need to focus on women in this regard, including addressing
the pay gap between men and women and the fight against social exclusion and poverty of
women; Mr STAES, acting chair of the CONT committee, on the current Council's discharge
procedure and its importance; Mrs TOIA, acting chair of the ITRE committee, on the need to
boost European production and industry as a tool to foster economic growth and on the
necessity to improve the conditions for private investors in relation to innovation policy; Mrs
HÜBNER, chair of the REGI committee, on the Union's economic governance and the need
to combine fiscal consolidation with growth, and on the need to involve regional and local
entities in the context of the EU 2020 strategy in the framework of a "territorial pact"; Mr
SIMPSON, chair of the TRAN committee, on the liberalisation of the postal services and the
necessary adjoin guarantees, on cross-boarder transport measures and on important files in the
transport sector still pending in Council, such as the eurovignette, the cross-border
enforcement in road safety or the implementation of the first railway package, directly
connected to the internal market; Mr LEINEN, chair of the ENVI committee, on
environmental protection and the seventh action programme to be adopted in the near future,
on the follow-up of the Copenhagen Summit and on other specific files under examination,
such as cross-border healthcare; and Mrs BERÈS, chair of the EMPL committee, on the role
of Parliament in relation to the EU 2020 strategy and its instruments, specifically the
Employment Guidelines and the need to take Parliament's views into account before their
adoption.

Mr CHASTEL underlined that the Belgian Presidency would seek to work in close
cooperation with the European Parliament and with committees. He agreed on the comments
raised in relation to the internal market, the political consensus needed in relation to the
budgetary procedure and a constructive debate on the midterm review of the financial
perspectives, including a debate on the EU 2020 strategy and its budgetary means. As for the
need to engage citizens, Mr CHASTEL underlined the work of the future presidency on that
field previous to the drafting of their working programme. On a trade strategy of the EU, he
stressed the importance of close cooperation with the Commission. He agreed with the need
to pay particular attention to gender policies. As for the boost of Europe's industrial policies,
he underlined that the approach should be more targeted towards SMEs, especially in relation
to research and innovation. He emphasized as well the importance of territorial and cohesion
policies and the need to better integrate European infrastructures as key elements for Europe's
economic recovery. On environmental and health policy, he stressed the importance of the
follow-up of the Copenhagen Conference, while calling for an agreement in second reading
on cross-boarder health. Finally, in relation to the Employment Guidelines, Mr CHASTEL
pointed out that they would only be formally adopted after proper consultation with the
European Parliament.

The CHAIR thanked Mr Chastel for his participation at the Conference and wished him all
the success for the Belgian Presidency.

6. Citizens' Agora on "Poverty and the effects of the financial and economic crises" -
   Exchange of views with Mr Libor ROUČEK and Mrs Isabelle DURANT, Vice-
   Presidents of the European Parliament

The Conference of Committee Chairs noted the following documents:
   - a letter of 20.05.2010 from Mr LEHNE, Chair of the Conference of Committee
      Chairs.

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The CHAIR welcomed Mrs Isabelle DURANT and Mr Libor ROUČEK, Vice-presidents of
Parliament, to the Conference and gave them the floor.

Mrs DURANT and Mr ROUČEK requested the participation of parliamentary committees in
the framework of the Citizens' Agora on "Poverty and the effects of the financial and
economic crises" to take place on 19 November 2010. They underlined that this participation
could consist in the presentation, by the end of September, of a short written contribution on
each of the areas of competence of each parliamentary committee concerned.

After the intervention of Mrs JOLY, chair of the DEVE committee; Mrs PACK, chair of the
CULT committee; Mr KLINZ, chair of the CRIS committee; Mrs BERÈS, chair of the EMPL
committee; Mrs TOIA, acting chair of the ITRE committee; Mr LAMASSOURE, chair of the
BUDG committee; Mrs SVENSSON, chair of the FEMM committee; and Mr LEINEN, chair
of the ENVI committee, and in the light of the exchange of views, the Conference agreed that
interested committees should communicate their intention to contribute to the event and the
format of their contributions to the Vice-presidents responsible.

7. Negotiations on the Framework Agreement - state of play

The CHAIR informed the Conference that the negotiations between Parliament and the
Commission were still ongoing. The Conference agreed to come back to this issue at a future
meeting.


8. Subsidiarity Check by National Parliaments: Steering Group on Relations with
   National Parliament

After the intervention of Mr Casini, chair of the AFCO committee, on the activities of the
Steering Group on Relations with National Parliaments and the importance of the ongoing
reflexion for the work of parliamentary committees, the Conference agreed that committees
who wished to do so would send their comments to the draft proposals by the Steering Group
by Tuesday 22 June 2010.

9. Modalities of cooperation between committees

   9.1 - Application of Rule 50 of the Rules of Procedure: 'Procedure with associated
   committees'

   The Conference of Committee Chairs noted the following documents:
   - a letter of 11.05.2010 from Mrs JOLY, Chair of the DEVE Committee,
   - a letter of 17.05.2010 from Mr HARBOUR, Chair of the IMCO Committee,
   - two letters of 18.05.2010 and 02.06.2010 from Mrs BERÈS, Chair of the EMPL
      Committee,
   - a joint letter of 01.06.2010 from Mr LEINEN, Chair of the ENVI Committee and Mr
      LÓPEZ AGUILAR, Chair of the LIBE Committee,
   - a letter of 08.06.2010 from Mr ALBERTINI, Chair of the AFET Committee,
   - a letter of 08.06.2010 from Mr LEINEN, Chair of the ENVI Committee,
   - a joint letter of 15.06.2010 from Mr MOREIRA, Chair of the INTA Committee and
      Mr LEINEN, Chair of the ENVI Committee,
   - a letter of 14.06.2010 from Mrs BOWLES, Chair of the ECON Committee.


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   The Conference took note of the agreement reached on the application of Rule 50 in the
   following files:

   - International Trade Policy in the context of Climate Change imperatives, between the
     INTA and ENVI committees;
   - Strengthening Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Security in the
     European Union - and EU CBRN Action Plan, between the LIBE and ENVI
     committees, and;
   - Commission Green Paper on Forest Protection and Information in the EU: Preparing
     forests for climate change, between the ENVI and AGRI committees.

   9.2 - Application of Rule 51 of the Rules of Procedure: 'Procedure with joint
   committees'

   The Conference of Committee Chairs noted the following documents:
   - a joint letter of 25.05.2010 from Mr LAMASSOURE, Chair of the BUDG Committee
      and Mr DE MAGISTRIS, Chair of the CONT Committee.

   The Conference took note of the agreement reached by the CONT and BUDG committees
   on the application of Rule 51 in following files:

   - Proposal for a Regulation by the European Parliament and of the Council amending
   Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 on the Financial Regulation applicable
   to the general budget of the European Communities, and;
   - Proposal for a Regulation by the European Parliament and of the Council amending
   Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 on the Financial Regulation applicable
   to the general budget of the European Communities, as regards the European External
   Action Service.

   9.3 Conflicts of competence

   The Conference of Committee Chairs noted the following document:
   - two letters of 08.06.2010 from Mr LEINEN, Chair of the ENVI Committee,
   - a joint letter of 10.06.2010 from Mr LEINEN, Chair of the ENVI Committee and Mr
      DE CASTRO, Chair of the AGRI Committee.


The Conference agreed to transmit to the Conference of Presidents all undisputed files for its
final authorization and to discuss the files for which agreement had not yet been reached
during its July meeting.

10. Chairman's announcements

10.1 - Scope of delegated acts

The Conference of Committee Chairs noted the following document:
   - two opinions from the European Parliament Legal Service (SJ-0648/09 D(2010)2885
      and SJ-0596/09 D(2009)63152),
   - a European Parliament resolution on delegated acts adopted in May 2010 (P7_TA-
      PROV(2010)0127).


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Due to a lack of time, the Conference agreed to postpone the item and to invite Mr Szájer to
its July meeting.

10.2 Extraordinary mini-plenary session 23 June

The Chair informed the Conference that a mini-plenary session would be held in Brussels on
23 June 2010.

10.3 Future guests in the CCC

The Conference of Committee Chairs noted the following document:
- a letter of 08.06.2010 from Mr LEHNE, Chair of the Conference of Committee Chairs.

The Conference agreed to invite Mr Sefcovic at its July meeting, President Barroso to
participate in one of the meetings of the Conference of Committee Chairs in September to
discuss legislative priorities for 2010 and 2011, and Mr Gurría, Secretary General of the
OECD, in autumn.

11. Urgent matters and any other business

11.1 Calendar of EP activities 2011

The Chair informed his colleagues that the Conference of Presidents would adopt Parliament's
calendar for 2011 on 16 June. In this context, the Conference agreed that the legislative task
of the committees should not be undermined by the definition of Parliament's annual calendar
and mandated its Chair to transmit the concerns of parliamentary committees on this issue to
the Conference of Presidents.

11.2 Negotiation of codecision files

The Conference heard the interventions of Mrs BERÈS, chair of the EMPL committee, and
Mr SIMPSON, chair of the TRAN committee, on the negotiations of codecision files by
rapporteurs and the rules established in Parliament.

12. Documents for information

12.1 - Information report on ongoing negotiations in ordinary legislative procedures

The Conference of Committee Chairs noted the following document:
   - a table on codecision files currently under negotiation in view of early agreement.

12.2 - Scheduled committees' initiatives with National Parliaments

The Conference of Committee Chairs took note of the following document:
   - a list of events with Belgian Presidency programmed by EP parliamentary committees,
   - a list of events with national parliaments programmed by EP parliamentary
      committees.

12.3 - Early approvals of draft comitology measures (regulatory procedure with
scrutiny)

No notification submitted.
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12.4 - Other documents for information

The Conference of Committee Chairs noted the following documents:
   - an excerpt from the Bureau minutes of 19.04.2010 on participation of Committee
      Chairs to informal Council meetings,
   - a letter of 14.05.2010 from Mrs ÁLVAREZ ARZA, Head of a TRAN delegation,
      concerning a report on a delegation in Andalucía (15-17 March 2010),
   - an excerpt from the Bureau minutes of 17.05.2010 2010 on systematic participation of
      Chairs to head their committee delegations,
   - a letter of 19.05.2010 from Mr LEHNE, Chair of the Conference of Committee
      Chairs, concerning planned meetings on 23 June 2010,
   - a letter of 19.05.2010 from Mr LEHNE, Chair of the Conference of Committee
      Chairs, on the report on the use of expertise budgets in 2009,
   - a letter of 19.05.2010 from Mr LEINEN, Chair of the ENVI Committee, concerning a
      on a delegation in Spain, (22-24 March 2010).


13. Date and place of next meeting

The CHAIR informed his colleagues that the next ordinary meeting of the Conference would
take place on Tuesday 6 July at 14.00 in Strasbourg.




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       RECORD OF ATTENDANCE                                                             ANNEX


          COMMITTEE

I         Committee on Foreign Affairs                              Mr Gabriele ALBERTINI

II        Committee on Development                                  Mrs Eva JOLY

III       Committee on International Trade                          Mr Vital MOREIRA

IV        Committee on Budgets                                      Mr Alain LAMASSOURE

V         Committee on Budgetary Control                            Mr Bart STAES acting

VI        Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs                Mrs Sharon BOWLES

VII       Committee on Employment and Social Affairs                Mrs Pervenche BERÈS
          Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food
VIII                                                                Mr Jo LEINEN
          Safety
IX        Committee on Industry, Research and Energy                Mrs Patrizia TOIA acting
          Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer
X                                                                   Mr Malcom HARBOUR
          Protection
XI        Committee on Transport and Tourism                        Mr Brian SIMPSON

XII       Committee on Regional Development                         Mrs Danuta Maria HÜBNER

XIII      Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development            Mr Paolo DE CASTRO

XIV       Committee on Fisheries                                    Mrs Carmen FRAGA ESTÉVEZ

XV        Committee on Culture and Education                        Mrs Doris PACK

XVI       Committee on Legal Affairs                                Mr Klaus-Heiner LEHNE

XVII      Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs    Mr Juan Fernando LÓPEZ AGUILAR

XVIII     Committee on Constitutional Affairs                       Mr Carlo CASINI

XIX       Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality           Mrs Eva-Britt SVENSSON

XX        Committee on Petitions
          Special Committee on the financial, economic and social
                                                                    Mr Wolf KLINZ
          crisis
          Subcommittee on Human Rights                              Mrs Heidi Anneli HAUTALA

          Subcommittee on Security and Defence                      Mr Arnaud DANJEAN

         Present for items 3 and 4:
         Council representatives: Mrs ARPIO SANTACRUZ and Mr MILTON
         Commission representatives: Mr ANASTOPOULOS and Mrs DEKA




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