Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC – acronym in French for Conférence des organes spécialisés en affaires communautaires) facilitates the regular exchange of views between the committees of the national Parliaments of the European Union Member States dealing with European Union affairs, and according to the Treaty of Lisbon it may submit any contribution it deems appropriate for the attention of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission. In addition, it promotes the exchange of information and best practice between national Parliaments and the European Parliament. COSAC was established in 1989 at the Conference of the Speakers of EU Parliaments in Madrid. The first meeting of COSAC took place on 16-17 November 1989 in Paris. According to the Rules of Procedure, COSAC is organised biannually by the national Parliament of the Member State holding the Presidency of the Council – once in the form of a meeting of the Chairpersons of the Committees for Union Affairs and once in the form of a plenary meeting. The European Parliament as well as observers from candidate countries’ relevant committees dealing with European Union affairs contribute in the work of COSAC.
The Meeting of the Chairpersons of the Committees for Union Affairs is the first meeting to be held during the Parliamentary dimension of the Croatian Presidency of the Council. During the meeting, Croatia will present its priorities for the Presidency of the Council and topics of common interest to the European Union and national Parliaments in the new institutional cycle will be discussed. The Meeting of the Chairpersons is a preparatory meeting held prior to the COSAC plenary meeting, which will take place 19–20 January 2020.
The meeting will be open to the public through a web-streaming (see below).
Only the speech given in the room and accompanying documents presented during the meeting are to be considered as original. Any streamed video and audio (including any interpretation via an audio channel) are intended to facilitate communication and do not constitute an authentic record of the proceedings.
The Croatian Parliament cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of the expressed opinions, and bears no liability for any loss or damage of any kind whatsoever arising directly or indirectly from the use of the streamed video and audio.
Venue: Croatian Parliament, Trg sv. Marka 6 -7 ; Ivan Mažuranić Hall
Venue: National and University Library, Ul. Hrvatske bratske zajednice 4
Welcome address by:
Mr Gordan Jandroković, Speaker of the Croatian Parliament
Mr Domagoj Ivan Milošević, Chairman of the European Affairs Committee
Adoption of the Agenda for the Meeting of the Chairpersons of COSAC
- Briefing on the results of the meeting of the Presidential Troika of COSAC
- Draft Programme of the LXIII COSAC
- Outline of the 33rd Bi-annual Report of COSAC
- Letters received by the Presidency
- Procedural issues
Mr Andrej Plenković, Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Croatia
Ms Dubravka Šuica, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of democracy and demography
Ms Mairead McGuinness, First Vice-President of the European Parliament in charge of relations with National Parliaments
Speaker of the 9th term of the Croatian Parliament since 2017. He was first elected as Member of the Croatian Parliament in 2003. From 2008 to 2011 Gordan Jandroković was Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, as well as Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia from 2010 to 2011. During his ministerial term he also served as Head of the State Delegation for negotiations on Croatia's accession to the European Union. Previously he worked in private companies in executive positions and as an official in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Croatia. He holds bachelor degrees in political science and civil engineering.
Chairman of the European Affairs Committee in the 9th term of the Croatian Parliament. He is the President of SME Global (International Democrat Union) and Vice-President of SME Europe (EPP). He was Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia in charge of investments in the 2010/2011 period. He has been Member of the Croatian Parliament since 2011, and is an experienced manager in different medium and small enterprises, ranging from fire safety to construction and development sectors. Milošević holds an MD degree and a Master of Business Administration degree.
Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia since 2016, serving as the 12th head of government since Croatia’s independence. In 2016 he was elected President of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), a member of the EPP. He was Member of the European Parliament from 2013 until 2016 and Member of the Croatian Parliament from 2011 to 2013. Until 2011 Plenković held various positions in the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration. He served as deputy chief of Croatia's Mission to the EU from 2002 to 2005. Between 2005 and 2010 he was Croatia's Deputy Ambassador to France, and State Secretary for European Integration from 2010 to 2011. He holds a Bachelor of Law degree and a Master’s degree in International Law.
Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Democracy and Demography since December 2019. Prior to taking up this post, Šuica was a Member of the European Parliament and the Head of the Croatian Delegation in the European People’s Party Group since 2013. She was elected to serve as the first Vice-Chair of the EPP Group in the European Parliament in July 2019. She was a member of the Croatian Parliament from 2000 to 2011 and Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik from 2001 to 2009, having previously worked in the education sector as a teacher of English and German.
First Vice-President of the European Parliament in charge of relations with national parliaments. She is also responsible for the Parliament’s dialogue with churches, religions, philosophical and non-confessional organisations. McGuinness chairs the Parliament’s working group on the administrative consequences of Brexit, and is Vice-President with responsibility for North America. She is a member of the Parliament’s Committees on Agriculture and Rural Development, Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, and Constitutional Affairs. She has been Member of the European Parliament since 2004. Prior to becoming an MEP she was a well-known journalist, broadcaster and commentator.