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Consultation Procedure


The consultation procedure has become much less important in the wake of the introduction of the cooperation and codecision procedures. It is characterised by a division of responsibilities between the European Commission and the Council that can be summarised as follows: the Commission presents a proposal, the Council decides. However, before the Council can take its decision, the proposal has to pass through a number of stages in which the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions have also to be consulted.

The consultation procedure is applied only to matters which are not explicitly subject to the codecision procedure or the assent procedure.

 

Date: 29.12.2005