Our constitutional affairs committee work

This committee deals with the institutional aspects determining the future of the EU. Part of this process is about restoring people's confidence in the EU and S&D MEPs promote the inclusion of people in the decision-making process of the EU, for example through the European Citizens' Initiative.

The committee is also responsible for assessing the negotiations on the UK leaving the European Union. The European Parliament as a whole has a central role in finalising the Brexit process and our MEPs contribute to this process in an important way through this committee.

Our achievements

We have worked hard to make the European Parliament and the EU better reflect Europe. We fought to reform the laws governing EU elections to strengthen the link between national political parties and candidates running in the elections and their affiliation with a European political party. This further enhances the Spitzenkandidaten process, ensuring that EU elections are more than just 28 separate national elections. We want European elections to be European in nature.

We have also fought hard to increase transparency in EU decision-making processes, with new rules governing companies and bodies trying to influence EU laws. We have also fought hard to open up the trialogue process, under which the Council of Ministers, Commission, and Parliament finalise new EU laws.

Our priorities

Brexit

We support a close partnership with the UK, but any agreement requires an appropriate balance of rights and obligations, and needs to meet a number fundamental principles: third country cannot have the same benefits as a member state, the EU must keep autonomy of decision making, the integrity of the single market and financial stability should be protected, and a level playing field between the UK and EU must be ensured.

MEPs Involved

SILVA PEREIRA Pedro
Vice-president
Portugal
LEINEN Jo
Coordinator
Germany
BRESSO Mercedes
Member
Italy
CORBETT Richard
Member
United Kingdom
JÁUREGUI ATONDO Ramón
Member
Spain
TAPARDEL Ana-Claudia
Member
Romania
BERÈS Pervenche
Substitute
France
KAUFMANN Sylvia-Yvonne
Substitute
Germany
GUALTIERI Roberto
Substitute
Italy
GUERRERO SALOM Enrique
Substitute
Spain

See our latest actions

Press release

S&Ds: May should stop asking the UK Parliament the same questions and instead ask the British people

Press release

S&D Group leader Udo Bullmann: Italian government has to stop alienating this great European nation from its friends

Press release

S&Ds: European Parliament must provide more checks on work of the Commission