This week, the Task Force on Subsidiarity, Proportionality and “Doing Less More Efficiently”, which was launched by EU Commission President Juncker‚ started work: the first meeting of the Group took place on 25 January; the Task Force, chaired by Vice Commission President Frans Timmermans is to have completed its work by 15 July 2018. It is to be expected that the Task Force will have a major political say in the debate on subsidiarity in the EU.
In accordance with the fourth scenario in the Commission's White Paper on the “Future of the EU” (“Doing Less More Efficiently”), the Task Force has been asked to identify policy areas, which are decentralised and which can be retransferred to the Member States and to propose ways respectively to improve the integration of local and regional facilities in European decision-making processes.
The Task Force is made of six politicians from the Conference of EU Affairs-Committees of the Parliaments and from the Committee of the Regions: apart from Toomas Vitsut, Kristian Vigenin, Karl-Heinz Lambertz, Michael Schneider and François Decoster, Reinhold Lopatka from Austria is also part of the group. The European Parliament too had been invited by the Commission to send three members to the Task Force; however, it declined the invitation. In doing so, Parliament referred to an EP tradition, according to which MEPs do not participate in working groups set up by the Commission.