- 'initiate of new laws'.
- propose new laws.
- consider what's benefitation to the EU.
- draft proposals to Council of Ministers for approval.
Council of Ministers;
- Vote on proposals.
- Some laws need an unanimous or simple majority vote.
- Qualified majority vote; votes have proportional representation in relation to the countries population, ensuring a decision made when its difficult to agree. This proposes the question of fairness, with larger countries ultimately deciding. However the process would be extremely long & difficult otherwise.
- Consultation; giving their opinion on draft proposals, to help the Council of Ministers to decide whether to approve or not. They don't have to follow this.
- Cooperation; if laws affect internal markets they are consulted. If approved by the Council of Ministers vote unanimously then they can suggest amendments.
- Co-decision; if law affects internation agreements then they can veto proposals if Council of Ministers refuse to accept…
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