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European and External Affairs Committee

Concise Minutes : EUR(3)-05-11 : 22 March 2011

This meeting can be viewed on Senedd TV at: http://www.senedd.tv/archiveplayer.jsf?v=en_300000_22_03_2011&t=0

Time: 9.00 – 10.10
Venue: Committee Room 2, Senedd

Assembly Members in attendance

Rhodri Morgan, Cardiff West (Chair)
Nick Bourne, Mid and West Wales
Eleanor Burnham, North Wales
Jeff Cuthbert, Caerphilly
Rhodri Glyn Thomas, Carmarthen East and Dinefwr

Witnesses  

Derek Vaughan MEP (Item 2) (via video conference)
Julie Shah, Parliamentary Assistant to Dr Kay Swinburne (Item 2) (via video conference)
Andy Klom, Head of the European Commission Office in Wales (Item 4)

Committee Staff

Lara Date, Clerk
Sarita Marshall, Deputy Clerk
Gregg Jones, Head of National Assembly for Wales EU Office (via video conference)
Gwyn Griffiths, Senior Legal Adviser
Graham Winter, Members’ Research Service

1. Introduction, Apologies, Substitutions and Declarations of Interest

1.1 The Chair welcomed Committee Members and members of the public.

1.2 There were no apologies for absence.    

2. Discussion with Welsh MEPs: European Commission Work Programme for 2011 and Legacy issues

Papers: EUR(3)-05-11-p1 Paper on European Commission Work Programme

EUR(3)-05-11-p2 Legacy Report

2.1 The Committee discussed the European Commission work programme and legacy issues with Derek Vaughan MEP.
2.2 The Chair thanked Derek Vaughan and his fellow Welsh MEPs for their work with the Committee during the third Assembly.

2.3 Derek Vaughan MEP thanked the Chair and the Committee for contributing to the Team Wales approach taken by the MEPs to European issues of relevance to Wales.

3. The Lisbon Treaty and Subsidiarity Protocol: Review of developments

Paper: EUR(3)-05-11-p3 Subsidiarity Monitoring Update

3.1 The Committee discussed the paper before them and arrangements for monitoring subsidiarity issues during dissolution.

Action

  • The Chair to discuss arrangements for monitoring subsidiarity issues during dissolution with the Presiding Officer.

  • The Chair to write to the First Minister seeking comments on the comparison between the inputs of the various devolved administrations into explanatory memoranda, as noted in paragraph 17 of the paper on Subsidiarity Monitoring.

4. Update on European Commission Activities

4.1 The Committee received an oral update on the activities of the European Commission Office in Wales before taking questions from Members.

5. Close of Meeting

5.1 The Chair noted that the Committee’s Legacy Report will be formally laid before the Assembly before dissolution.

5.2 The Chair thanked Committee Members, Assembly officials, and the Head of the European Commission Office in Wales for their contributions to the work of the Committee.

5.3 The Committee expressed its thanks to the Chair for his contribution to its work.   

6. Papers Noted

6.1 The Committee noted the following papers:

  • EUR(3)-05-11-p4 Wales’ Voice in the Debate on Cohesion Policy

  • EUR(3)-05-11-p5 Response from President Barroso to CALRE letter on Europe 2020 Strategy

  • Minutes of previous meeting - EUR(3)-04-11

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