The EU Consultation Meeting was established by Act LIII of 2004 on Cooperation between Parliament and the Government on European Union Affairs. The meeting is convened by the Speaker in order to provide a forum for a dialogue on EU affairs between the Government and Parliament. The goal of the consultation is to review questions on the agenda for the European Council meeting (or other events of strategic importance) and to discuss Hungarian positions that are to be represented by the Government. The Consultation Meeting, as the highest form of parliamentary control over the Government before European Council summits, also fulfilled an important role in preparation for the EU Presidency 2011.
Act XXXVI of 2012 on the National Assembly maintained previous practices; however, the name has been changed to the Consultative Body on European Union Affairs. Its scope of activity has not undergone any modifications: it provides a forum involving the Prime Minister to discuss matters of current relevance as well as to formulate the Hungarian opinion to be represented in the European Council.
Pursuant to Sec. 69(2) of the Act on the National Assembly, "prior to European Council meetings and other European Union events of strategic importance, and at the initiative of the Speaker, the Prime Minister shall inform the Consultative Body of European Union Affairs." Regarding the participants of the meeting, Sec. 69(3) stipulates: "the Speaker, the leaders of parliamentary groups, the chairperson and vice-chairpersons of the Committee on European Affairs, the chairperson of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs, the chairperson of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and other persons invited by the Speaker are entitled to take part in a meeting of the Consultative Body on European Union Affairs."
The agenda for the meeting follows the points of the agenda of the European Council in question. As discussions concentrate on Hungarian policy objectives and negotiation tactics, the meetings of the Consultative Body on European Union Affairs are naturally held in camera. Sessions are organised by the EU Department of the Directorate for Foreign Affairs of the National Assembly.
Since its establishment, meetings have taken place as follows:
Date of meeting of the European Council and adopted conclusions
Date of meeting of the Consultative Body on European Union Affairs
|30 June - 2 July 2019||-|
|20 June 2019||21 June 2019||17 June 2019|
|10 April 2019||-|
|21 March 2019||22 March 2019||18 March 2019|
|13-14 December 2018||10 December 2018|
|25 November 2018 (extraordinary)||-|
|18 October 2018||15 October 2018|
|19-20 September 2018 (informal)||-|
|28 June 2018||29 June 2018||25 June 2018|
Reports by the Prime Minister following European Council meetings
Chapter Six of Act XXXVI of 2012 on the National Assembly regulating cooperation between Parliament and the Government on European Union affairs also defines the obligation of the Government to provide information. According to Sec. 69(4), the Prime Minister shall give a report in plenary sitting subsequent to European Council meetings. The following reports were given during the 2018–2022 parliamentary term: