Parliamentary committee against money laundering and corruption
A temporary parliamentary committee in the European Parliament was founded to fight against money laundering and corruption on European level. The goal of the committee was to fight against corruption, money laundering and organized crime with every single European legal tool.
Member of European Parliament (MEP) and member of the Hungarian socialist delegation in the European Parliament Edit Herczog said that the aim was to check the efficiency of law and the effectiveness of the institutional system and to take arrangements to strengthen the system to be able to resist corruption and money laundering. The mandate of the temporary committee will last one single year only.
European citizens' initiative
As of 1 April 2012, EU citizens will have a brand new tool allowing them to participate in shaping EU policy. Put in place by the Lisbon Treaty, the citizens' initiative will allow 1 million citizens from at least a quarter of the EU Member States to ask the European Commission to propose legislation in areas that fall within its competence. The organizers of a citizens' initiative - a citizens' committee composed of at least 7 EU citizens, resident in at least 7 different Member States - will have 1 year to collect the necessary support. Signatures must be certified by the competent authorities in each Member States. Organizers of successful initiatives will participate in a hearing at the European Parliament. The Commission will have 3 months to examine the initiative and decide how to act on it.
For more information: http://ec.europa.eu/citizens-initiative/public/welcome?lg=en