International Responsibility

I am working to ensure Seanad Éireann plays a stronger role in examining EU legislation, holding Government accountable for its international policies, and driving constructive public debate on global issues which are shaping our shared world such as climate change, trade, conflict and migration.

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Senator Alice-Mary Higgins urges European Parliamentarians to reject a proposal which would deny MEPs powers of oversight over the €13 billion European Defence Fund

The proposal, due to be voted on by the parliament this week, in the last plenary session before the elections, would limit decisions on the work programme of the European Defence Fund to the European Commission and committees through “implementation acts”, effectively bypassing debate, criticism or approval from MEPs.