The Commission continued its cooperation with the other Community institutions in accordance with the respective agreement or protocols entered into by the relevant institutions128.
As is the case each year, the European Parliament issued an own-initiative report on the Commission’s annual Report on Competition Policy of the previous year, after an exchange of views was held on the issues raised in the Report.
The Commission also participated in discussions held in the European Parliament on Commission policy initiatives, such as on State aid reform (in particular on the environmental guidelines and on the proposal for a General Block Exemption Regulation) and the financial services sector inquiry. The Commissioner and/or the Director-General responsible for Competition hold regular exchanges of views with the responsible Parliamentary Committees to discuss competition policy matters.
The Commission also closely cooperates with the Council, by informing the Council of important policy initiatives in the competition field, such as on the State aid reform and the energy and financial services sector inquiries; by participating in Council working groups dealing with competition policy matters, and by maintaining close links with the respective Presidencies.
The Commission further informs the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on major policy initiatives and participates in debates that may be held at the respective Committee, such as for instance for the adoption of the yearly report by the European Economic and Social Committee on the Commission’s annual Report on Competition Policy.
Framework Agreement of 26 May 2005 on relations between the European Parliament and the Commission; Protocol of Cooperation between the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee of 7 November 2005; Protocol on the Cooperation Arrangements between the European Commission and the Committee of the Regions of 17 November 2005.