European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has appointed a committee to look into how the EU can learn to limit itself.
According to the EU executive chief, the new ‘Task Force on Subsidiarity’ will take a critical look at all policy areas to ensure that the EU only intervenes where common European policy has an added value, as president Juncker explained.
The European Commission president’s motto has been that the Berlaymont should be “big on the big things and small ones”. According to Juncker, “to finish the work we started, I am setting up a Subsidiarity and Proportionality Task Force to take a very critical look at all policy areas to make sure we are only acting where the EU adds value.”
The new committee will be headed by the European Commission’s first vice president Frans Timmermans and it will consist of nine other members: three from national parliaments, three from the European Parliament and three from the Committee of the Regions. The Task Force will start its work on 1 January 2018 and president Juncker has invited the Presidents of the European Parliament, of the Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC) and of the Committee of the Regions to nominate Members from their institutions for the Task Force.
The Task Force report will be delivered by 15 July next year and will have to publish on-line at a website dedicated to the work of the Task Force the following documents: a) the Working Methods; b) invitations to meetings; c) agendas and minutes of meetings; d) the Final Report of the Task Force; e) technical notes or fiches that the secretariat may produce for the Task Force.