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Member states threaten MEPs and commission with legal case
Date 22/10/2010 13:01  Author webmaster  Hits 1230  Language Global
22 OCT 2010

By Valentina Pop

EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS – Member states on Thursday threatened to take the European Parliament and Commission to court over what it calls the "illegal" provisions of an inter-institutional agreement which gives MEPs extra powers on international negotiations and greater access to classified EU documents.

Carved out following the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, the new inter-institutional deal was adopted by the EU legislature on Wednesday (20 October) and signed by both parliament chief Jerzy Buzek and commission president Jose Manuel Barroso.

The Council of ministers, the main decision-making body of the EU, did not participate in negotiations on the agreement. Its legal services have issued a negative opinion on the document, which was taken up by employment ministers meeting in Luxembourg on Thursday.

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