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LEXICON Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group on Europol (JPSG)

  1. The Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group on Europol shall politically monitor Europol's activities in fulfilling its mission, including as regards the impact of those activities on the fundamental rights and freedoms of natural persons. It was established by virtue of the Regulation (EU) 2016/794 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol). Competences of the JPSG were defined in Article 51 of the regulation. The Group has the right to receive from Europol document’s categories listed in the regulation. The organisation and the rules of procedure of the group are determined together by the European Parliament and the national parliaments.
  2. The constituent meeting of the JPSG took place on 9-10 October 2017 in Brussels, on the basis of EUSC decisions adopted in Luxembourg (22-24 May 2016) and Bratislava (23-24 April 2017). At the meeting works on the Rules of Procedure began. The rules were adopted during the second meeting of the group, on 19 March 2018 in Sofia.
  3. The JPSG is composed of delegations of the European Parliament (16 members) and of the national parliaments of the EU Member States (maximum four members; in the case of bicameral parliaments - maximum two members from each Chamber, with the possibility of transferring seats between the chambers of a parliament). Members of the JPSG are selected individually by each Parliament/Chamber, bearing in mind the necessity to ensure substance matter expertise and long-term continuity. Where possible, members of the JPSG are nominated for the duration of their parliamentary mandate.
  4. The Sejm and the Senate, on the basis of decisions of Marshals of both chambers, are represented by two Members of the Sejm (representatives of European Union Affairs Committee and Administration and Internal Affairs Committee of the Sejm) and two Senators representing Human Rights, Rule of Law and Petitions Committee of the Senate of the Republic of Poland.
  5. 5. Meetings of the JPSG are held twice a year: in the first half of the year, in the Member State holding the rotating presidency of the EU Council, in the second half of the year - in the European Parliament in Brussels. Extraordinary meetings can be convened, if necessary. The JPSG is presided jointly by the Parliament of the Member State holding the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament. The JPSG Secretariat is provided by the Presidential Troika (heads of delegations of the current, preceding and following Presidency Parliaments and of the European Parliament). The working languages of the JPSG are English and French. The JPSG may draw up summary conclusions on the outcome of the JPSG meetings. Documents originating from Europol are addressed to each national parliament and the European Parliament and respective parliaments bear the responsibility to forward them to the appointed JPSG Members. Information and documents regarding JPSG meetings are published on the websites of the parliaments holding the Presidency of the EU Council (websites of the parliamentary dimension of the presidency) and their translations into Polish – on the OIDE website.

See: Meetings and documents  (OIDE website)

 Updated: 27.06.2018