Monday, June 1, 2009

the importance of the European Parliament in the EU legislative process

How many EU citizens/voters know or realise not only that:

a) some 60% of national laws in the 27 are "made in the EU" but also

b) that while it is the EU Commission that drafts new EU legislative initiatives (bills), the European Parliament has co-decision (aka equal) power with the Council (of national Ministers) in amending and in rejecting or passing what the EU Commission has proposed in more policy areas than ever before (see "co-decision" policy areas)?

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