Eniko Gyori, The (many) battles of Lisbon – EuropeanVoice.com
Before Hungary assumed the presidency of the Council of Ministers in January, I advised Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to proclaim this a “Parliament-friendly presidency”. This was not just because I am myself a former MEP; we recognised that the world has changed, and the centrepiece of the new institutional landscape created by the Lisbon treaty is the European Parliament, with its new legislative powers.
The Lisbon treaty made co-decision the rule. Rotating presidencies can no longer see legislation through by dealing solely with the Council of Ministers. For the success of our presidency, a smooth relationship with the Parliament is critical.