On Tuesday, 29 July 2014, we launched our fourth annual Accountability Report. One of our flagship advocacy campaigns, each year our Accountability Report offers insight into and analysis of Ireland’s engagement with the EU by tracking Ireland’s engagement with Europe through a series of statistical indicators. Over the past four years, we have expanded and improved the Report, utilising our growing database of statistics to provide a comparative analysis of Ireland’s performance in Europe over four years. In this year’s Report we have tracked 18 indicators, ranging from Irish input at the pre-legislative stage of EU policy formation to the stage of final decision-making at the Council of the European Union.
Below are the key findings of the Accountability Report 2013. A complete methodology as well as further findings, analysis and comparison with the findings of the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Reports can be found in the Report itself, available to read and download here.
Read and download the presentation delivered by EM Ireland Executive Director, Noelle O Connell, here.
Accountability Report 2013 Key Findings
- In the 60 European Commission consultations with a 2013 closing date reviewed for this Report, the percentage of the total submissions that originated in Ireland ranges from 0% to 6.25%; with an average of 1.1%. This represents a decrease of 0.3 percentage points from the 2012 average of 1.4%, as calculated by a similar analysis in the Accountability Report 2012.
- European Movement Ireland recommends that a consistent methodology be employed across all Commission Directorates-General (DGs) for the purposes of tracking and classifying consultation submissions. The ability to consistently track and analyse the legal identities and origins of all submissions across the consultations published by all DGs would have a significant impact on the accountability and transparency of the system. More accessible, thorough knowledge of the origins of submissions may also help increase the actual number of submissions by creating awareness among Member States regarding their national contribution levels.
- Average Irish MEP attendance at plenary sessions of the European Parliament during 2013 was 93%. This is an increase of 10 percentage points.
- Irish MEPs asked 384 Parliamentary Questions in 2013. This is a 15.6% drop from the 455 questions raised by Irish MEPs in 2012.
- During 2013, Irish MEPs made a total of 890 speeches in plenary sessions of the European Parliament. This is a significant increase of 143.8% compared to the 2012 figure of 365 speeches.
- In 2013, there was Irish representation on 14 of the European Parliament’s 20 standing committees and on the Parliament’s only special committee. Average Irish MEP attendance at the meetings of their designated committees in 2013 was 42%. This is down from the 2012 figure of 76%.
European Council and Councils of the EU
- The average Irish ministerial attendance rate at 2013 meetings of the Council of the European Union was 99%. This is an increase of two percentage points on 2012, when the Irish ministerial attendance rate was 97%, and is the highest Irish ministerial attendance rate since European Movement Ireland began tracking this engagement in our inaugural Accountability Report 2010.
- Ireland ranked joint first – alongside Greece and Lithuania – in terms of average ministerial attendance at meetings of the Council the EU in 2013.
- Taoiseach Enda Kenny attended all the meetings of the European Council which took place in 2013. This 100% attendance rate has been consistent since European Movement Ireland’s first Accountability Report 2010.
- The Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs met a total of 35 times during 2013. The average attendance rate of Committee members in 2013 was 56%. This represents a decrease of eight percentage points from the 2012 attendance rate of 64%.
- Pre-Council briefings took place in relation to eight out of the 10 General Affairs Council (GAC) meetings that took place in 2013. This represents a percentage total of 80%, an increase of 16 percentage points on the 2012 rate of 64%.
- Of the 71 Council meetings that took place during 2013, 33 (46%) had pre-Council or post-Council briefings in front of the relevant Oireachtas Committee. This represents an increase of four percentage points compared to 2012.