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Consultation Procedure

Since the introduction of the cooperation procedure and the co-decision procedure, the importance of the consultation procedure has steadily declined. The characteristic feature of the consultation procedure is a division of tasks between the Commission and the Council that can be summed up in the phrase "the Commission proposes, the Council disposes". However, before the Council can take a decision, certain stages have to be completed, in the course of which, besides the Commission and the Council, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions may also have their say, depending on the subject of the regulations in question.

The consultation procedure now applies only to cases that are not expressly subject to cooperation or co-decision procedures.


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Date: 28.12.2007