Knowing how the Portuguese Parliament exercises
its responsibilities as regards European affairs in its relationship
with the Government and the institutions of the European Union
has proved to be increasingly essential. The main purpose
of this website is therefore to provide the necessary information
about the role of the Portuguese Parliament in decisions taken
at European level.
For the first time in the history of the construction
of Europe, the Treaty
of Lisbon includes a series of references to national
Parliaments, providing that they shall contribute actively
to the proper functioning of the European Union (Article 12
On this webpage you will find information about
the Treaty of Lisbon, in particular the way it strengthens
the powers of national
Parliaments in the European decision-making process by
giving them the opportunity to pronounce on European initiatives
and, specifically, about how the Assembleia da República
has worked on these matters and the way it intends to exercise
Under the terms of the Constitution
of the Portuguese Republic - Articles 161(n), 163(f),
164(p) and 197(1)(i) - and of Law
no. 43/2006, of 25 August 2006, as amended by Law
no. 21/2012, of 17 May 2012, the Assembleia da República
has competences with regard to monitoring, assessment and
pronouncement on Portugal's participation in the construction
of the European Union.
This Law sets out the way in which the Portuguese
Parliament can monitor, assess and pronounce on proposals
from the European institutions, and also provides for a regular
process of consultation with the Government.
This scrutiny process involves the whole Parliament,
from the parliamentary committees with responsibility for
the matter in question to the European
Affairs Committee and the Plenary itself, as you can see
on these webpages.
This website also covers the way in which national
with and relate to one other and the relationships that
they have developed with the
European institutions. It also includes a brief summary
of the work done by each European institution. Lastly, you
can also find answers to some common questions in the Frequently
Asked Questions section.
We hope that this initiative will fulfil its
purpose of providing you with information on the Parliament
s work in the construction of the European Union.
Last updated on 15 October 2015