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European Council Conclusions: A Rolling Check-List of Commitments to Date – November 2014 update

The EPRS publication “European Council Conclusions: Rolling Check-List of Commitment to Date” monitors the degree of progress in achieving the goals and guidelines set by the European Council in its conclusions. This second edition was updated and reviewed to give an overview of the conclusions and commitments from 2010 onwards. It is a compendium designed … Continue reading

Role and election of the President of the European Commission

Rolle und Wahl des Präsidenten der Europäischen Kommission Rôle et élection du président de la Commission européenne The President of the European Commission (EC) has taken on an ever more prominent leading role within the College of Commissioners, with the increasingly presidential system eclipsing the principle of collegiate decision-making. With the European Council and European … Continue reading

European Council Conclusions: a rolling check-list of commitments to date

The European Council’s role – to ‘provide the Union with the necessary impetus for its development’ and to define its ‘general political directions and priorities’ – has developed rapidly over the past five years. Since June 2014, the European Council Oversight Unit within the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), the EP’s in-house research service and … Continue reading

Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU

From 1 July 2014 Italy took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from Greece and will hold it until 31 December 2014 when the Presidency will be passed to trio partners Latvia and Luxembourg. The Declaration of Cooperation among the Parliaments of Italy, Latvia and Luxembourg in support of the preparation … Continue reading

Rules on political groups in the EP

Written by Eva-Maria Poptcheva Updated in June 2015 Members of the European Parliament may form political groups; these are not organised by nationality, but by political affiliation. At the start of the current parliamentary term there were seven political groups in the Parliament, as there were throughout the 2009-14 period. The formation of a new, … Continue reading

Size of Political Groups in the EP (2014-2019)

Our table shows the number of MEPs in each group, broken down by Member State, as well as the non-attached (NI) Members not in any group. Continue reading

The European Parliament’s election of the President of the European Commission

Updated on 3 June 2014 The European Union’s architecture has been largely criticised for its alleged democratic deficit, which many see in the lack of political accountability of the European Commission (EC), as the EU’s executive, to the European Parliament (EP). In order to increase the legitimacy of the EU decision-making process, the Lisbon Treaty … Continue reading

Twenty years of co-legislation: from co-decision to ordinary legislative procedure

Under the co-decision procedure, a proposal needs to be approved by both the European Parliament and the Council in order to be adopted as legislation. The procedure was introduced just over twenty years ago in the Maastricht Treaty. Over time, its scope has gradually been extended to new policy areas and practices of legislative negotiations … Continue reading

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