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This article about the powers of the European Parliament was published on 29th January 2010 by EurActiv.

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso has agreed to new terms in the European Parliament’s relations with the EU executive, giving the assembly more power to scrutinise laws and raise its profile vis-à-vis member states.

Leading members of the European Parliament have agreed on the assembly’s future relations with the Commission under the EU’s new Lisbon Treaty, which confer new powers to the Strasbourg assembly.

The new ‘Framework Agreement’, agreed last Wednesday (27 January), will govern relations between the Parliament and the Commission for the 2010-2015 period.

It will be submitted to a vote on 9 February, just ahead of a poll on the incoming Barroso II team.

A working party consisting of MEPs Klaus-Heiner Lehne (EPP, Germany), Hannes Swoboda (S&D, Austria), Dagmar Roth-Berendt (S&D, Germany), Diana Wallis (ALDE, UK) and Rebecca Harms (Green/EFA, Germany), has agreed the arrangements with Commission President Barroso, according to an internal document obtained by EurActiv.

Writing to Parliament President Jerzy Buzek on behalf of the Working Party, Klaus-Heiner Lehne MEP says the two sides have agreed on a five-page draft resolution, which will be put to a vote on 9 February.

Discussions with Barroso have been intense and sometimes difficult in recent weeks, Lehne writes. However, he sees the results as very positive.

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