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Assent Procedure


The assent procedure was introduced in 1987 by the Single European Act and gives the European Parliament the power to approve or reject the adoption of a legal act by the Council. The Council cannot adopt legal acts in certain areas if Parliament does not give its assent by qualified majority of its members. The assent procedure, which gives Parliament a de facto veto right, was originally intended only for the conclusion of association agreements or the examination of applications for membership of the European Community. The assent procedure is currently applicable in the following areas:
  • enhanced cooperation (Article 11(2))
  • specific tasks of the ECB (Article 105(6))
  • amendment of the Statute of the European System of Central Banks (Article 107(5))
  • Structural and Cohesion Funds (Article 161)
  • procedure for elections by direct universal suffrage (Article 190(4))
  • certain international agreements (Article 300(3))
  • violations of human rights (Article 7 EU Treaty)
  • accession of new Member States (Article 49 EU Treaty)

 

Date: 19.12.2005