EU Meetings: Rules of Procedure

House of Lords written question – answered on 12th February 2004.

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Photo of Lord Stoddart of Swindon Lord Stoddart of Swindon Independent Labour

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the Council of Ministers of the European Community and the Council of the European Union (Heads of Government) have published any standing orders for the conduct of their business; if so, when they were published; and whether they were subject to parliamentary scrutiny or approval.

Photo of Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean Minister of State (Middle East), Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Minister of State (Middle East)

Articles 202-210 TEC set out general guidelines for the workings of the Council and that the Council shall adopt its rules of procedure. The rules of procedure, as an internal institutional set of rules, are not regarded as an EU document to be submitted for formal scrutiny, as defined by the orders of reference of the European Union Committee. There are no rules of procedure for the European Council.

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