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Business Info - EU Decision-Making Process

HOW DOES THE COMMISSION ADOPT A PROPOSAL?

Traditionally the European Commission has the sole right to initiate legislation. The relevant Directorate-General (DG) proposes and circulates within the Commission an initial text for a future piece of legislation. Relevant DGs may provide comments on the initial text. At this stage the document is published as a Commission working document with a SYN or SEC reference. This is called the Inter-consultation service. The initial text is then adopted by the college of Commissioners during the weekly meeting, which usually take place on Wednesdays, or by the written procedure. The latter implies that relevant DGs involved are already in agreement and that the proposal has been endorsed by the Legal service. Once the proposed text is adopted, it is then published as a COM document and sent to the European Parliament, Council, Economic and Social Committee (ESC) and the Committee of Regions (CoR) for opinion.

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