Main legislative procedure used to adopt directives & regulations. Now known as the ordinary legislative procedure of the european union.


The codecision procedure was the name given to the procedure which gives the European Parliament, working together with the Council of the European Union, the power to adopt instruments. When The Treaty of Lisbon came into force this procedure became known as the ordinary legislative procedure of the European Union. Article 294 of the Treaty on Functioning of the European Union sets out the process for the adoption of an act under this procedure.


The effect of this meant that the European Parliament is on a par with the European Council.


At the same time the Treaty of Lisbon widened the areas when the codecision procedures would apply to 40 new fields including agriculture, energy security and immigration. This gave the EU Parliament, which is a representative assembly for all EU citizens, more power and means that Parliament is in closer contact with the Council, co-legislators and the European Commission.


There remain some areas such as taxation when the European Parliament only gives an advisory opinion this is known as the 'consultation procedure'.

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