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One minute speech on the communication between the European Parliament and Commission in the implementation of the ENPI

Dr. Laima Andrikiene, MEP (EPP-ED, Lithuania)
One minute speech
EP Plenary session
March 28, 2007

Mr President,

I would like to draw your attention to the agreement on the new EU external assistance instruments and in particular the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument - ENPI - which grants the European Parliament increased scrutiny over the implementation of Community assistance.

The European Parliament is prepared to play active role in the implementation of the EU external assistance instruments though the Commission is not ready for the open and timely cooperation with the Parliament. The EP becomes involved in the process of drafting the documents, i.e. strategy papers, action plans, national indicative programmes just before their adoption when there is almost no possibility to change or express opinion concerning the matter.

Therefore, the European Parliament remains only passive observer of the ENPI implementation, although it must play a major role in this area.

In this respect, Mr. President, I think we should call on the Commission to fully and timely involve in the communication with the European Parliament in drafting, implementing and monitoring of the European Neighbourhood Policy and ENPI in particular.