At the EU level, the foundations of current Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation were established in 2004 through the adoption of the "Guidelines for Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation in the European Union", known as "The Hague Guidelines" (amended in Lisbon in 2008). This document defines the objectives, frameworks, areas and instruments of this type of cooperation.
Four years later, on 13th December 2007, the EU Member States signed the Treaty of Lisbon that came into force on 1st December 2009. This document has brought about a number of innovations associated with the Presidency of the Council of the EU, that, apart from other benefits, enhanced the role and weight of its Parliamentary dimension. Under the Lisbon framework, the national Parliaments have the right to be informed about the legislative proposals at European level and have also an opportunity to state their opinion. The new framework of action has increased the involvement of national parliaments in the European decision-making process and contributing at the same time to the enhancement of the democratic scrutiny, parliamentary accountability and the transparency of the whole legislative process.
The so called "Trio" that works together closely for a period of 1,5 years was introduced in order to ensure effective presidencies . This cooperation framework involves a good coordination between the Member States from the same Trio, but at the same time a strengthened communication with the previous Trio, in assuring a smooth transition to the next programme. The main purpose of this system is to ensure greater continuity and consistency in EU policies, and thus in the life of the European citizens.
At the beginning of 2019, Romania will inaugurate a new Trio agenda presidency, programme that will ensure the efficiency, transparency and enhancement of the legitimacy of the work of the EU Council. The agenda of the Romanian parliamentary dimension is shaped according to the national priorities, but at the same time is based on long-term European aspirations and core subjects.
Therefore, it is in our power to make full use of the instruments provided by this Treaty in order to have a positive impact on the future European legislative framework.
During the first semester of 2019, the Romanian Parliament will perform certain functions and will coordinate the development of the Parliamentary Dimension. The famous building, will host six inter-parliamentary events, that are scheduled to take place during the Presidency of the EU Council, which Romania will exercise between 1st January and 30th June 2019. The seventh event of the Romanian Parliamentary Dimension will be organized in Brussels, together with the European Parliament.
As the Romanian Parliament has a bicameral structure, the representatives of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate will work together to ensure the success of the inter-parliamentary meetings. Through the subjects proposed on the agenda of the meetings, the Romanian Parliament aims to tackle the most topical issues of the Union and to ensure that the results of the conferences, that are to be held in Bucharest will direct the attention of all actors involved in shaping of future of the European Union.