31 August 2016
On 21 July 2016 the Sejm heard the information of the Prime Minister on the result of the United Kingdom referendum on membership of the European Union and held the debate (verbatim record/PL point 25).
In July and August 2016 the EU Affairs Committee (SUE) held 6 meetings: no. 67-72. During these meetings the Committee:
  • scrutinised 72 EU documents:
    • pursuant to Art. 7(4) of the Cooperation Act – 14 EU draft legislative acts concerning i.a. safety rules and standards for passenger ships, cooperation between national authorities responsible for the enforcement of consumer protection laws or Union action for the European Capitals of Culture for the years 2020 to 2033,
    • pursuant to Art. 151(1) of the Sejm Standing Orders and Art. 3(2) of the Cooperation Act – 33 EC documents (18 communications, 14 reports and 1 joint communication) concerning i.a. final evaluation of the multi-annual EU programme on protecting children using the Internet and other communication technologies (Safer Internet), delivering the single market agenda for jobs, growth and investment or European standards for the 21st century,
    • pursuant to Art. 11(1) of the Cooperation Act – EU documents, which were to be discussed by Economic and Financial Affairs Council and Agriculture and Fisheries Council,
    • pursuant to Art. 8(2) of the Cooperation Act – 21 EU draft legal acts concerning i.a. the accession of selected countries to the 1980 Hague Convention, opening and providing for the management of autonomous Union tariff quotas for certain fishery products for the period 2016 to 2018 or the conclusion of the enhanced partnership and cooperation agreement between the EU and its Member States and the Republic of Kazakhstan,
  • heard information on legal and political consequences of the result of referendum in Great Britain, presented by Witold Waszczykowski, Minister of Foreign Affairs (mtg no. 68),
  • considered Government's information on the Republic of Poland's participation in the activities of the European Union in the period January-June 2016 during Dutch Presidency (paper no. 712, mtg no. 70),
  • met with the chargé d'affaires of the Netherlands Adriaan Palm and heard information on the results of Dutch Presidency of the EU Council; met with the Ambassador of the Slovak Republic Dušan Krištofík and heard information on the programme of the Slovak Presidency of the EU Council (mtg no. 71).


In July and August 2016 information on and documents of SUE meetings no. 67, 69, 70 and 72, provided by the EU Affairs Committee secretariat, were published in the EDLS (European Legislative Documents in the Sejm) and IPEX databases.

Petitions Committee
  • 19.07.2016, considered the draft of the desideratum on the Poland's complaints to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for infringement of the rights of Polish families outside Poland; Committee adopted the desideratum addressed to the Prime Minister on the Poland's complaints to the ECHR (mtg no. 31).
 In July-August 2016
  • the following bills implementing EU law have been referred to the first reading [paper no.]:
    • Government bill amending the act on safety of food and nutrition [786],
    • Government bill amending the act on payment services and some other acts [785],
    • Government bill on trust services and electronic identification [713].
  • the following acts implementing EU law have been published [paper no.]:
    • Act of 22 July amending the act - Code of Civil Procedure, the act - Law on Notary and the act amending the act - Civil Code, the act - Code of Civil Procedure and some other acts [668],
    • Act of 19 July 2016 on access to genetic resources and benefit sharing from its use [644],
    • Act of 19 July 2016 amending the act on copyright and related rights [546],
    • Act of 22 June 2016 amending the act on - Customs Law and some other acts [513],
    • Act of 22 June 2016 amending the act on protection of health against the consequences of using tobacco and tobacco products [432],
    • Act of 10 June 2016 amending the act on registration and protection of names and designations of agricultural products and foodstuffs and on traditional products and some other acts [385],
    • Act of 22 June 2016 amending the act – Labour Code and some other acts [382],
    • Act of 22 June 2016 amending the act – Public procurement law and some other acts [366],
    • Act of 10 June 2016 amending the act on the Bank Guarantee Fund, the deposit guarantee scheme and forced restructuring [215].

Subsidiarity scrutiny in July and August
(Information from IPEX database as of 05.09.2016)

Draft legislative act Deadline for subsidiarity scrutiny Adoption / transmission of reasoned opinion Chamber / parliament (country)
COM(2016) 248 12.07.2016 - -
COM(2016) 273 19.07.2016 - -
COM(2016) 285 25.07.2016 - -
COM(2016) 287 26.07.2016 - -
COM(2016) 289 26.07.2016 13.07.2016 / 15.07.2016 Federal Council (Austria)
COM(2016) 283 01.09.2016   13.07.2016 / 15.07.2016 Federal Council (Austria) 
27.07.2016 / - National Assembly (Bulgaria)
01.09.2016 Chamber of Deputies (Czech Republic)
22.06.2016  Riksdag (Sweden)
COM(2016) 369 02.09.2016  - -
COM(2016) 370 02.09.2016 - -
COM(2016) 371 02.09.2016 - -
COM(2016) 388 12.09.2016 - -
COM(2016) 400 15.09.2016 - -
COM(2016) 399 19.09.2016 - -
 COM(2016) 378 22.09.2016 25.08.2016 Senate (Czech Republic)
 COM(2016) 418 23.09.2016   -  -
 COM(2016) 431 26.09.2016   -  -
COM(2016) 434 26.09.2016   -  -
COM(2016) 271 29.09.2016 - -

In July and August 2016, 21 draft legislative acts were subject to subsidiarity scrutiny. As of 5 September 2016, the national parliaments submitted 6 reasoned opinions on the non-compliance of the scrutinised draft acts with the subsidiarity principle.


10-11 July 2016, Bratislava, Meeting of the Chairpersons of COSAC
- Meeting of the Presidential Troika of COSAC
- Opening of the meeting, introductory remarks, adoption of the agenda, procedural issues and miscellaneous matters
- Priorities of the Slovak EU Council Presidency
- Social dimension of EU and Cohesion Policy: triple A on social issues
- Closing remarks

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