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1 The role of the United Kingdom in the creation, adoption and implementation of EU law Ian Thomson Director, Cardiff EDC The role of the United Kingdom in the creation, adoption and implementation of EU law

2 Cardiff EDC: The role of the UK in the creation, adoption and implementation of EU law © Ian Thomson, October 2009 This presentation aims to show how the United Kingdom plays an integral part in the creation, adoption and implementation of European Union law. Hyperlinks take you to relevant sources of further information or examples of key sources of information [Note: many of the images are also hyperlinks]

3 Cardiff EDC: The role of the UK in the creation, adoption and implementation of EU law © Ian Thomson, October 2009 Structure EU policy making – overview The role of the UK government The role of Parliament Implementation of EU law in the UK Devolved administrations / local government MEPs / Citizens Civil Society / Stakeholders

4 Cardiff EDC: The role of the UK in the creation, adoption and implementation of EU law © Ian Thomson, October 2009 EU policy making: Overview The European Union – What? The key EU Institutions European Commission Council of the European Union NB: European Council / Presidency European Parliament European Court of Justice Other EU Institutions and AgenciesInstitutionsAgencies

5 Cardiff EDC: The role of the UK in the creation, adoption and implementation of EU law © Ian Thomson, October 2009 EU policy making: Overview The European Union – How? The Community Method of making EU law (Co-Decision) European Commission pre-consults / proposes legislative and other initiatives European Parliament (and other Institutions) consulted Decision to adopt taken by Council and Parliament Implementation: Commission oversees and ECJ clarifies

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7 Cardiff EDC: The role of the UK in the creation, adoption and implementation of EU law © Ian Thomson, October 2009 The role of the UK in EU policy making

8 Cardiff EDC: The role of the UK in the creation, adoption and implementation of EU law © Ian Thomson, October 2009 The role of the UK Government UK Government is represented at Council Meetings at Ministerial level Officials level (at Working Parties / Groups) Meetings of the Council at Ministerial level Web-streaming of Council events and meetings Working Party Meetings Agendas / Reports to meetingsAgendasReports to meetings Agenda of future Council meetings July-December 2009 Part 1 / Part 2Part 1Part 2 List of Council preparatory bodies

9 Cardiff EDC: The role of the UK in the creation, adoption and implementation of EU law © Ian Thomson, October 2009 The role of the UK Government Cabinet Office: European Secretariat Explanatory memorandum Foreign and Commonwealth Office Prospects, July-December 2009 Prospects Other government departments BIS / DEFRA / HM Treasury etc BISDEFRAHM Treasury

10 Cardiff EDC: The role of the UK in the creation, adoption and implementation of EU law © Ian Thomson, October 2009 The role of the UK Government

11 Cardiff EDC: The role of the UK in the creation, adoption and implementation of EU law © Ian Thomson, October 2009 The role of the UK Government Report from the UK Government to the House of Commons explaining the impact of a proposed EU law Report from the UK Government (and others) as it negotiates with other Member States on a proposed EU law

12 Cardiff EDC: The role of the UK in the creation, adoption and implementation of EU law © Ian Thomson, October 2009 The role of Parliament Parliament is consulted by UK Government on EU developments and can give recommendations General: Statements / Debates / Questions House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee European Standing Committee House of Lords European Union Committee

13 Cardiff EDC: The role of the UK in the creation, adoption and implementation of EU law © Ian Thomson, October 2009 The role of Parliament Government Minister will present a statement and MPs will comment and give recommendations Reports from this committee are highly regarded and influential

14 Cardiff EDC: The role of the UK in the creation, adoption and implementation of EU law © Ian Thomson, October 2009 Implementation of EU law in the UK EU law is transposed into UK law after consultation with stakeholders and Parliament, then implemented EUR-LEX [to find UK implementing measures] EUR-LEX UK Statutes / SI [to find full text] UK StatutesSI N-Lex Consultations by UK government departments BERR / DEFRA / HM Treasury etc BERRDEFRAHM Treasury Better Regulation: Davidson Review How to implement a European Directive effectively

15 Cardiff EDC: The role of the UK in the creation, adoption and implementation of EU law © Ian Thomson, October 2009 Implementation of EU law in the UK Recent Consultative papers from UK government departments

16 Cardiff EDC: The role of the UK in the creation, adoption and implementation of EU law © Ian Thomson, October 2009 Implementation of EU law in the UK Government departments reporting on the implementation of EU law in the EU

17 Cardiff EDC: The role of the UK in the creation, adoption and implementation of EU law © Ian Thomson, October 2009 Implementation of EU law in the UK Providing information to UK citizens on EU laws From UK government departments

18 Cardiff EDC: The role of the UK in the creation, adoption and implementation of EU law © Ian Thomson, October 2009 Devolved administrations & local government Devolved administrations Scotland / Wales / Northern Ireland ScotlandWalesNorthern Ireland Local and regional interests Committee of the Regions UK delegates Local Government Association European and International UK local & regional offices in Brussels European Officer network in the UK

19 Cardiff EDC: The role of the UK in the creation, adoption and implementation of EU law © Ian Thomson, October 2009 Devolved administrations & local government

20 Cardiff EDC: The role of the UK in the creation, adoption and implementation of EU law © Ian Thomson, October 2009 Members of the European Parliament UK Members of the European Parliament UK Members of the European Parliament represent the interests of UK citizens and stakeholders

21 Cardiff EDC: The role of the UK in the creation, adoption and implementation of EU law © Ian Thomson, October 2009 Citizens Your Voice in Europe Debate Europe European Citizens Consultations

22 Cardiff EDC: The role of the UK in the creation, adoption and implementation of EU law © Ian Thomson, October 2009 Civil Society / Stakeholders Economic and Social CommitteeEconomic and Social Committee: the formal voice of civil society in the EU Register of Interest RepresentativesRegister of Interest Representatives: other organisations that lobby the EU


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