The European Parliament / Comitees

The committees are primarily responsible for preparing Parliament’s plenary session work. Their core task is to draw up reports on legislative proposals that have been referred to Parliament, or on which Parliament has been consulted, and on own-initiative reports.

Parliament has 20 standing committees. Each has a responsibility for an area of policy: foreign affairs, environment, development, international trade, budget, etc. and working methods appropriate to its area of expertise.

Guided on each dossier by a "rapporteur" designated by the committee, the committees consider and propose amendments to the proposals for Community directives and regulations drawn up by the Commission, which are also referred to the Council of the European Union. They also deliver opinions to other committees, where their input is useful on a dossier falling under another committee's responsibility. Each committee elects a chairman and four vice-chairmen for consecutive periods of two and a half years in each parliamentary term. Each committee has its own secretariat. Committees meet in public, once or twice a month, generally during the weeks that follow plenary sittings in Strasbourg. The working documents of the committees are available to the public.

Standing committees of the EP

Foreign Affairs (AFET)
Human Rights (DROI) - subcommitee
Security and Defence (SEDE) - subcommitee
Development (DEVE)
International Trade (INTA)
Budgets (BUDG)
Budgetary Control (CONT)
Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON)
Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL)
Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)
Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)
Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO)
Transport and Tourism (TRAN)
Regional Development (REGI)
Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI)
Fisheries (PECH)
Culture and Education (CULT)
Legal Affairs (JURI)
Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)
Constitutional Affairs (AFCO)
Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM)
Petitions (PETI)

Csaba Sógor is a member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) and the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL).

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)

Committee responsible for:
1. the protection within the territory of the Union of citizens' rights, human rights and fundamental rights, including the protection of minorities, as laid down in the Treaties and in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union;
2. the measures needed to combat all forms of discrimination other than those based on sex or those occurring at the workplace and in the labour market;
3. legislation in the areas of transparency and of the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data;
4. the establishment and development of an area of freedom, security and justice, in particular:
(a)   measures concerning the entry and movement of persons, asylum and migration,
(b)   measures concerning an integrated management of the common borders,
(c)   measures relating to police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters;
5. the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Europol, Eurojust, Cepol and other bodies and agencies in the same area;
6. the determination of a clear risk of a serious breach by a Member State of the principles common to the Member States.

Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL)

Committee responsible for:

1.    employment policy and all aspects of social policy such as working conditions, social security and social protection;
2.    health and safety measures at the workplace;
3.    the European Social Fund;
4.    vocational training policy, including professional qualifications;
5.    the free movement of workers and pensioners;
6.    social dialogue;
7.    all forms of discrimination at the workplace and in the labour market except those based on sex;
8.    relations with:
-    the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop),
-    the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions,
-    the European Training Foundation,
-    the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work;
-    as well as relations with other relevant EU bodies and international organisations.