Resolution on the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2013


Published: 2011-10-11

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SEIMAS OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA
RESOLUTION
ON THE LITHUANIAN PRESIDENCY OF
THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION IN 2013
 
 
10 November 2011  No XI-1651 Vilnius
 
 
 
 
The Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania,
 
having regard to the provisions of Seimas Resolution No XI-846 of 25 May 2010 on Preparation of the Republic of Lithuania for the Presidency of the Council of the European Union on 1 July – 31 December 2013;
 
having deliberated on preliminary priority areas of the Lithuanian Presidency, presented by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, and taking into consideration the related opinions and proposals submitted by the political parties represented at the Seimas;
 
stating that the political groups of the Seimas have come to an agreement on the draft of the 2012-2014 Inter-institutional Action Plan for the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2013 (hereinafter referred to as the “Inter-institutional Action Plan”) prepared by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and preliminary three-year budgetary expenditure provided for in the draft;
 
noting that during the preparation for and in the course of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union on 1 July – 31 December 2013 the efforts of the Government, the Seimas and the President of the Republic should be coordinated and the emphasis should be placed on the qualitative indicators of the pursued results of the Presidency;  
 
assessing its share of responsibility for smooth implementation of the functions falling on the Parliament of the Member State which holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, r e s o l v e s:
 
Article 1.
 
The key task of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union shall be, by using the powers of the Member State holding the Presidency and by coordinating its duties and national objectives, to ensure the smooth operation of the Council of the European Union and continuity of its activity, to reach the necessary decisions, particularly in the priority areas selected by the Republic of Lithuania.
 
Article 2.
 
1. To recognise that promotion of employment, ensuring of financial sustainability and energy security are the top priorities of the European Union in the current period and during the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in seeking continuous economic growth and competitiveness of the European Union. 
 
2. To support the opinion of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania that the priority areas of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which will be coordinated with the priority areas planned by the other two Member States of the Presidency Trio, should include: 
 
1) enhancement of energy security by implementing consolidation of energy infrastructure and integration of power systems, creating a common internal energy market of the European Union and implementing the EU’s common external energy policy;
 
2) effective implementation of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and enhanced regional co-operation; 
 
3) bringing the countries of the Eastern Partnership closer to the European Union by implementing reforms and concluding planned agreements with the European Union;
 
4) effective protection of external borders of the European Union by implementing an integrated management of external borders of the European Union and concurrently intensifying efforts to combat smuggling and fraud.  
 
3. To note that in addition to the selected priorities of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Republic of Lithuania will also have to focus on addressing the key issues on the political agenda of the European Union and pending legislative tasks.
 
4. To request that the Government of the Republic of Lithuania present to the Seimas, by the end of 2012, a draft summary of the key issues of the Presidency programme in different policy areas, and by the opening of the 8th (spring) session of the Seimas (10 March 2012) – descriptions of the issues included in the summary and forward these documents for consideration to specialised committees of the Seimas.
 
5. To authorise the Seimas Committee on European Affairs to adopt a conclusion on proposals of the specialised committees of the Seimas concerning the summary of key issues in the Presidency programme and incorporation of these issues into the Presidency programmes of the Republic of Lithuania and the other Member States of the Presidency Trio.
 
 
 
Article 3.
 
1. To approve the draft Inter-institutional Action Plan and the required target expenditure earmarked for its implementation in the 2012-2014 state budget – approximately LTL 214 million, including approximately LTL 10 million for the activities carried out by the Seimas during preparation for the Lithuanian Presidency and in the course of Presidency.
 
2. To request that after the close of the first quarter of 2012 and every subsequent quarter, the Government of the Republic of Lithuania present a report on implementation of the Inter-institutional Action Plan and the Presidency budget at a meeting of the Seimas Committee on European Affairs attended by chairpersons of specialised committees of the Seimas or representatives appointed by them, and at the request of the Seimas – also at a sitting of the Seimas; if necessary, submit proposals concerning amendment of the Inter-institutional Action Plan.
 
Article 4.
 
To set the following key tasks of the structural divisions of the Seimas in preparing to organise parliamentary events of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union and exercising parliamentary control:
 
1) the Seimas Committee on European Affairs shall coordinate a smooth process of implementation of the agenda of preparation of the Seimas for the exercise of functions assigned to the Parliament of the Member State holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in cooperation with the specialised committees of the Seimas exercise parliamentary control over preparation for the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, directly supervise conferences of Parliamentary Committees  for Union Affairs (COSAC);
 
2) the Seimas Committee on Foreign Affairs and specialised committees shall, within the remit of their competence, consider proposals by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania concerning the priority issues in the Presidency programme, ensure the smooth planning and organisation of topics and programmes of meetings of joint committees and other specialised parliamentary events, in cooperation with representatives of the European Parliament, organise inter-parliamentary conferences of specialised committees and take part therein;
 
3) the Board of the Seimas shall adopt decisions on the operational guidelines of the Office of the Seimas, its needs in terms of human resources and administrative capacity for the Presidency and strengthening of its capabilities, as well as on organisational solutions relating to the preparation for the Presidency and events during the Presidency which are the responsibility of the Seimas;
 
4) the Office of the Seimas shall take part in the process of inter-institutional coordination of actions relating to the preparation for and holding of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, implement the approved Office of the Seimas action and measure plans for the Presidency, on a regular basis report on the implementation thereof to the Board of the Seimas and the Seimas Committee on European Affairs.
 
 
 
 
 
SPEAKER OF THE SEIMAS                                               IRENA DEGUTIENĖ