How does the EU make laws?

7 April 2016

The EU legislative process starts with a proposal by the Commission, and the Parliament and the Council then amend the proposal as they see fit – usually by a qualified-majority in the Council and a simple majority (a majority of those voting) in the Parliament.

Once the Council and Parliament have agreed a text it becomes law, and passes to national governments to implement, overseen by the Commission and the Court of Justice.

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