In the European Parliament most of the in-depth examination of new legislation & policy issues is done within Committees. This makes committee membership one of the most important parts of an MEP’s job.
Like many things in the Parliament, a complex procedure linked to the size of parties, and involving horse-trading over senior jobs, is used to determine committee members and Chairs. The bigger parties tend to get the most important jobs, but the system tends to give small parties reasonable representation too.
Parliament’s first plenary session last week in Strasbourg largely sorted out the membership of the committees.
A full list of committee members is available here; clicking on the names of MEPs will give you further information on each MEP.
Next week the committees meet in the Parliament in Brussels (it’s a ‘committee week’). As can be seen from the Agenda of the Environment Commitee meeting, this meeting is mainly administrative.
Documents from all the committees are available – this is one example of the openness of the European Parliament, with the main challenge being finding information on its copious web site.
There is also a list of just the British and Irish MEPs & their committees available.
Unfortunately, the British National Party MEP Nick Griffin is planning to sit in the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety committee, which is not good news for us environmentalists. His BNP colleague Richard Brons will sit in the Committee on Constitutional Affairs.