All information on the Parliamentary dimension can be found on this website.
The conferences are open to the participating parliamentarians, and organisations that have been invited, for example as observers, and the media. The plenary sessions can be followed by anyone on a live stream.
Five of the six conferences will be held in the Hall of Knights (Ridderzaal) in The Hague. The Article 13 conference will be held in Brussels.
There will be 6 conferences in total. These are:
- Chairpersons’ COSAC (7-8 February)
Article 13 Interparliamentary Conference (17 February)
Interparliamentary conference on Human Trafficking (13 and 14 March)
Energy Interparliamentary Conference (3 and 4 April)
CFSP/CSDP Interparliamentary Conference (6 to 8 April)
Plenary COSAC (12 to 14 June)
Each of the 28 countries of the European Union takes turns to hold the Presidency of the European Union for a six-month period. In the first half of 2016, this will be the Netherlands, succeeding Luxembourg (second half of 2015) and preceding Slovakia (second half of 2016).
As part of this, the government and parliament host a number of conferences. The six conferences run by the Dutch parliament – the Senate and the House of Representatives together – are referred to as the Parliamentary dimension of the EU Presidency.