EU experts share their experience on the process of European integration with Moldovan MPs
25 November 2015
Experts from national Parliaments of EU Member States made presentations and shared their experience of the process of European integration with the Members of the Moldovan Parliament. The roundtable was organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in the framework of the project “Improving the quality of Moldovan democracy through parliamentary and electoral support”, financed by Sweden.
At the event with the topic „The Role of the National Parliaments in the Process of European Integration” experts and MPs discussed about the role of national parliaments in oversight of EU matters, mechanisms of cooperation between the Parliament and the Executive, as well as the process of harmonization of the national legislation with EU norms and standards.
Valentina Buliga, MP, Chairperson of the Committee on Foreign Policy and European Integration, the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, declared that gradual harmonization of legislation with acquis comunitaire is the key role of the Parliament. "We must adjust the legislation in order to implement the Association Agreement. Also, it is important how we exercise Parliamentary control in a way that allows us to increase the efficiency of European integration. I hope that the recommendations of the experts will help us to adjust the Regulations of the Parliament and help us understand which other instruments can be used to exercise our competencies to the maximum extent possible," Buliga said.
Dr. Razvan Buzatu, UNDP International Consultant to assess the role of the Moldovan Parliament in the European integration process, told the MPs about Romania's experience and presented practical solutions to the problems that can emerge in the process of European integration. "The Association Agreement already includes many documents that need to be adjusted to the national legislation, hence it is important that the capacity of the Parliament is enhanced to allow it face successfully the objective of European integration," Buzatu mentioned.
Ms Heike Baddenhausen, Head of Secretariat, the Committee for European Affairs, the German Bundestag, mentioned the importance of parliamentary instruments which need to be used to the maximum extent possible to ensure legislative adjustments. "My country is the founding member of the European Union, we have been involved from the very beginning and did not have to go through the phases that our colleague had. However, from our experience I can tell that Parliamentary control has a key role to play in legislative harmonization," Boddenhausen stated.
Mr. Laszlo Juhasz, Head of the Secretariat of the European Affairs Committee of the Parliament of Hungary, noted. "It is important that we can share our experience from over the past 20 years". According to him it is important to have in the Parliament structures responsible for European integration. Also, it is of most importance to put together a calendar of activities coordinated with the provisions of the Association Agreement, and to have all deadlines met. The other important stage is Parliamentary control and cooperation with other institutions in order for the laws to be enforced," Juhasz stated.
Speakers made presentations on the Romanian, German and Hungarian experience in parliamentary oversight of EU matters and legislation harmonization.
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