31 March 2018
21 and 22 March 2018 - the Sejm held the debate on the information presented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Jacek Czaputowicz on the tasks of the Polish foreign policy in 2018 (verbatim record/PL point 10, verbatim record/PL point 10).

In March 2018 the EU Affairs Committee (SUE) held 5 meetings: no. 189-193. During these meetings the Committee:

  • scrutinised 32 EU documents:
    • pursuant to Art. 7(4) of the Cooperation Act – 4 EU draft legislative acts concerning i.a., establishing a framework for interoperability between EU information systems (police and judicial cooperation, asylum and migration; borders and visa); quality of water intended for human consumption,
    • pursuant to Art. 151(1) of the Sejm Standing Orders and Art. 3(2) of the Cooperation Act – 14 EC documents (4 communications, 9 reports and 1 Commission decision) concerning i.a., implementation of the EU customs Action Plan to combat IPR infringements for the years 2013/2017; future of food and farming; mid-term evaluation of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF),
    • pursuant to Art. 8(2) of the Cooperation Act –  14 EU draft legal acts concerning i.a., mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund to provide assistance to Greece, Spain, France and Portugal; position to be adopted, on behalf of the European Union, within the EEA Joint Committee concerning an amendment to Annex XIII (Transport) to the EEA Agreement; opening of negotiations on a Partnership Agreement between the European Union and countries of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States,
  • considered information of the Minister of Foreign Affairs on "EU enlargement policy. Assessment of the accession prospects of the Western Balkan countries. Polish involvement in the EU enlargement proces" (presented by the Undersecretary of State in the MFA Bartosz Cichocki) (mtg no. 189),
  • scrutinized information on the Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting held on 19 March 2018 (presented by: Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation Grzegorz Witkowski and Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Ryszard Zarudzki (mtg no. 190),
  • considered the motion of the presidium of the committee to initiate the consideration of draft resolution on the future shape of cohesion policy in the European Union (mtg no. 192).


COM(2018) 51

Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on health technology assessment and amending Directive 2011/24/EU

EU Affairs Committee

  • 22.03.2018, mtg 191 – opinion no. 30
  • 27.03.2018 – transmission of the opinion (stating i.a. non-compliance of the proposal with the principle of subsidiarity) to the Presidents of the EP, Council and European Commission in the framework of political dialogue


SUE together with Public Finances Committe

took note of the information of the Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources, Günther Oettinger, on the plans for the next Multiannual Financial Framework and on the European Commission Work Programme for 2018 (mtg no. 193)


In March 2018 information on and documents of SUE meetings no. 189-191, provided by the EU Affairs Committee secretariat, were published in the EDL-S (European Legislative Documents in the Sejm) and IPEX databases.

In March 2018 the following bills implementing EU law have been referred to the first reading [paper no.]:
  • Government bill amending the act on - Pharmaceutical Law and and some other acts [2386],
  • Government bill amending the act on conformity assessment system and the act on conformity assessment and market surveillance systems and some other acts [2376].

Subsidiarity scrutiny in March
(Information from IPEX database as of 05.04.2018)

Draft legislative act Deadline for subsidiarity
Adoption /
transmission of reasoned opinion
Chamber / parliament
COM(2017) 676 27.03.2018


COM(2017) 753 03.04.2018  13.03.2018/
Federal Council
 14.03.2018 /- Chamber of Deputies
(Czech Republic)
COM(2017) 790 09.03.2018  - -
COM(2017) 791 09.03.2018  - -
COM(2017) 792 05.03.2018  -  -
COM(2017) 793 16.04.2018  - -
COM(2017) 794  16.04.2018 -  -
COM(2017) 795 23.03.2018  - / 22.03.2018 Riksdag
COM(2017) 796 29.03.2018  - -
COM(2017) 797 06.03.2018  - -
 COM(2017) 824  16.03.2018  -  -
 COM(2018) 20  20.03.2018  -  -
 COM(2018) 21  19.03.2018  -  -
COM(2018) 33 19.03.2018 - -
COM(2018) 51 03.04.2018 28.03.2018/
Chamber of Deputies
(Czech Republic)*
COM(2018) 92 11.05.2018 - -
COM(2018) 93 16.05.2018 - -
COM(2018) 94 17.05.2018 - -
COM(2018) 96 03.04.2018 - -
COM(2018) 99 11.05.2018 - -
COM(2018) 110 11.05.2018 - -
COM(2018) 113 14.05.2018 - -
COM(2018) 127 11.05.2018 - -
COM(2018) 131 21.05.2018 - -
COM(2018) 137 15.05.2018 - -
COM(2018) 147 17.05.2018 - -
COM(2018) 148 17.05.2018 - -

In March 2018, 27 draft legislative acts were subject to subsidiarity scrutiny. As of 5 April 2018, the national parliaments submitted 4 reasoned opinions on the non-compliance of the scrutinised draft acts with the subsidiarity principle.

*Reasoned opinion of the Czech Chamber of Deputies was submitted in April, that is why it was not included in the March summary.


1-2 March 2018, Budapest, Meeting of Presidents of Parliaments of the Visegrád Group Countries

  • Experiences of the Hungarian V4 Parliamentary Presidency
  • Strengthening the V4 parliamentary administration cooperation
  • Conference of Presidents and committee delegations of the Parliaments of V4 Countries  “V4 for Values – strengthening parliamentary cooperation in the EU”
  • Signing the conclusions from the meeting

8 March 2018, Brussels, Interparliamentary Committee Meeting on “Empowering women and girls in media and ICT: key for the future”

  • Women shaping media
  • Empowering women and girls through digital inclusion
  • Women’s movements on the rise: advancing equality in the digital age
  • Closing remarks

18-19 March 2018, Sofia, Meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group on Europol

  • Opening and introductory remarks by the Co-Chairs
  • Exchange of views and adoption of the Rules of Procedure for the JPSG
  • Past and future Europol cooperation with the Western Balkan countries
  • Exchange of views on the Europol Draft Multiannual Programming 2019–2021 with Mr. Rob Wainwright, Executive Director of Europol
  • Exchange of views with Mr. Priit Pärkna, Chairperson of the Europol Management Board
  • EDPS supervision of Europol: 2017 activities and ongoing work
  • Countering illegal content online and optimizing cybersecurity: Europol's Cybercrime Centre and the EU Internet Referral Unit
  • Europol's contribution to the fight against terrorism and the prevention of organized crime
  • Conclusions and closing of the meeting by the Co-Chairs
New books in the Sejm Library Przegląd Sejmowy Kronika Sejmowa (EN)


Following sections have been updated:

OIDE Notes: Brexit - documents; European Citizens' Initiative; European Semester - course of coordination cycle at the level of the Union and Poland (2011-2018); Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027, Rule of law compliance mechanisms in the European Union; Transparency register

Bibliographies: BREXIT – selected publications (since 2016), The national parliaments’ position in the EU under the Lisbon Treaty

Polish Legal Acts: The Standing Orders of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland



Selected articles on the current political and economic issues in the EU from the specialist periodicals available on-line (accessed 05.04.2018)

Konsultacje obywatelskie
(inicjatywa prezydenta Macrona)




Selected articles and papers

(available in the Sejm Library or on-line, accessed 05.04.2018)

  • Brack N., Costa O.: Democracy in parliament vs. democracy through parliament? Defining the rules of the game in the European Parliament, The Journal of Legislative Studies, 16.03.2018.
  • Brack N., Costa O.: Introduction: the European Parliament at a crossroads, The Journal of Legislative Studies, 21.03.2018.
  • Hughes J. M.:"Sleeping Beauty" Unleashed: Harmonizing a Consolidated European Security and Defense Union, „ZEI Discussion Paper" 2017, C 248.
  • Lord Ch.: The European Parliament: a working parliament without a public?, The Journal of Legislative Studies, 16.03.2018.
  • Westlake M.: Conclusions: the European Parliament – coming of age, The Journal of Legislative Studies, 22.03.2018.
  • Mikołajczyk B: Mechanizm dubliński na rozdrożu – uwagi w związku z pracami nad rozporządzeniem Dublin IV, „Europejski Przegląd Sądowy" nr 3/2018.
  • Synnøve S., Hermansen L.: (Self-)selection and expertise among decision-makers in the European Parliament, The Journal of Legislative Studies, 16.03.2018.

    Environmental Protection, Natural Resources and Forestry Committee

    ·         28.02.2018, considered the information presented by the Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of the Environment, Sławomir Mazurek, on waste management and its compliance with European Union regulations (mtg no. 122).