There are usually several dozens of parliamentary committees in a parliament
A committee consists of between 24 and 76 MPs, and has a chair, a bureau and a secretariat
The political make-up of the committees reflects that of the plenary assembly.
The parliamentary committees meet once or twice a month.
Their debates are held in public.
The committees draw up, amend and adopt legislative proposals and own-initiative reports
They consider proposals and, where necessary, draw up reports to be presented to the plenary assembly.
Parliament can also set up sub-committees and special temporary committees to deal with specific issues, and is empowered to create formal committees of inquiry under its supervisory remit to investigate allegations of maladmistration of the country's law.
The committee chairs coordinate the work of the committees in the Conference of Committee Chairs.

Details of the work of parliamentary committees may vary by country. This description is based on the situation at the European Parliament.


The committee's work belongs to the function of government Executive and legislative organs.
The works focus is usually on one or more of the functions of government.

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