The Comitology Game: European Policymaking will parliamentary Involvement

Bernard Steunenberg, Dieter Schmidtchen

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The European Parliament plays a considerable role in the legislative process of the European Union. Parliament may amend and eventually veto most Council decisions. Despite its legislative role, Parliament is not formally involved in the implementation process of common policies. In this process, and based on legislation set by the Council and Parliament, the Commission decides on the way in which common policies have to be executed by the member states. These policy decisions by the Commission are made conditional on the assistance of supervisory committees and in some cases the agreement of the Council
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGovernance in Modern Society
Subtitle of host publicationEffects, Change and Formation of Government Institutions
EditorsOscar van Heffen, Walter J.M. Kickert, Jacques J.A. Thomassen
Place of PublicationDordrecht
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-015-9486-8
ISBN (Print)978-90-481-5594-1
Publication statusPublished - 22 Oct 2000

Publication series

NameLibrary of Public Policy and Public Administration
ISSN (Print)1566-7669


  • Vote share
  • Simple majority
  • Council member
  • Qualified majority
  • Initial proposal


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