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The decision-making process and the work of the institutions
In order to implement EU policies, the European institutions adopt legal acts in accordance with the rules and procedures set out in the Treaties. In general, the European Commission proposes the legal acts, which are then adopted by the Council and the European Parliament. The three main procedures are consultation, assent and codecision.
Citizens also have a say in the development of Community policies. In the early 2000s, the Commission launched a major initiative to make the decision-making process more transparent, more efficient and more democratic. The aim of this initiative is to bring the European institutions closer to the citizen.
- Legislative procedures
- The citizen’s initiative
- Financial Regulation
- A budget for Europe (2014-2020)
- Towards a new financial framework 2007-2013
- Interinstitutional Agreement on cooperation in budgetary matters
- Procedure for the adoption of international agreements
- The principle of cooperation between the institutions
- Cooperation between the European Parliament and the European Commission
- The accession process for a new Member State
- LEGAL INSTRUMENTS
ACTIVITIES OF THE INSTITUTIONS
- Governance and Community legislation
- Communication and debate on the activities of the European Union
- Publication, transparency and access to documents
ENFORCEMENT OF COMMUNITY INSTRUMENTS
- Transposition, implementation and enforcement
- Implementing Community instruments