Every EU national parliament except Greece's has a committee with explicit responsibility for environmental issues. But with little or no coordination until now these committees have had almost no visibility at EU level.
Held on Thursday and Friday in the Swedish parliament, last week's meeting marks the fourth time that national parliamentary environment committees have met, continuing a tradition started by Denmark in 1996. Of the EU's 15 national parliaments only the French was not represented.
The proposal to start a process of regular communications between committees was made by Christoph Matschie, chairman of the environment and agriculture committee of the Bundestag, Germany's lower parliamentary house.
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