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Overview of the work of the Joint Committee on European Scrutiny:

The work of the Joint Committee on European Scrutiny is primarily guided by two basic principles:

  • to further scrutinise all EU legislative measures that could have significant implications for Ireland and
  • to undertake this scrutiny as early as possible in the EU legislative process with a view to influencing the Government’s negotiation position at European Council level.

The European Union (Scrutiny) Act 2002 lays down the legislative basis for parliamentary scrutiny of EU legislative measures in the Houses of the Oireachtas. Under the Act the Government is legally obliged to lay copies of all EU legislative measures before both Houses of the Oireachtas together with a statement of the Minister outlining the content, purpose and likely implications for Ireland of the proposed measures.

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