Parliament wants direct right to propose laws

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The EU’s directly elected legislative body comprised of 705 members. It is involved in policymaking but it does not have the power to propose new legislation. European Parliament members in the Constitutional Affairs Committee want the Parliament to get a ‘general and direct’ right to initiative after the next time the Treaties are revised. 

“Parliament must be able to propose legislation. In fact, the existing rights of initiative and monopolies demonstrate that the institutional architecture of the EU is ready for rights to be distributed in a different way”, says Paulo Rangel (EPP).

How exactly those rights should be distributed is still the question. In the proposal, A Member of the European Parliament (MEP) is a person who has been elected to serve as a representative in the European Parliament. MEPs give some suggestions, however. The Commission should for example retain the right of initiative in some areas like budget matters. The An institution representing the Member States’ interests. Either comprised of the heads of government (European Council) or more frequently the ministers (Council of the EU) meeting in different constellations depending on the policy area. Involved in policy-making, often together with the European Parliament. Council could also have the right of initiative in other defined areas. 

The Renew Europe group in the The EU’s directly elected legislative body comprised of 705 members. It is involved in policymaking but it does not have the power to propose new legislation. European Parliament supports the proposal. In a press release on their website, the group calls for the EU Treaties to be changed to give the Parliament the right of initiative. 

A Member of the European Parliament (MEP) is a person who has been elected to serve as a representative in the European Parliament. MEP Sandro Gozi (Renew) says: “It is time to show citizens that casting a vote can have a big impact at the European level. By allowing the The EU’s directly elected legislative body comprised of 705 members. It is involved in policymaking but it does not have the power to propose new legislation. European Parliament to propose legislation, we can indeed make sure that its Members can translate into practice the voice of Europeans.

current situation

As of yet, the The EU’s politically independent executive arm. It is responsible for drawing up proposals for new European legislation, and it implements the decisions of the European Parliament and the Council. European Commission is the only EU body that has a direct right to initiative. That means the Commission is the only institution that has the power to put forward new laws. Some criticize the lack of power of  the The EU’s directly elected legislative body comprised of 705 members. It is involved in policymaking but it does not have the power to propose new legislation. European Parliament, who is the only directly elected body in the EU.

The Parliament does however have an indirect right to propose laws that allows the Parliament to suggest new legislation. But while Commission President von der Leyen promised to at least follow up on all proposals the parliamentarians make, she has not responded appropriately to their calls in the past. 

For clarity: there are a few areas where the Parliament already has the right of direct initiative. For example, the Parliament can make its own rules regarding its composition, the European elections and the duties of A Member of the European Parliament (MEP) is a person who has been elected to serve as a representative in the European Parliament. MEPs. 

In total, 22 members of the committee voted in favour of the proposal, 5 voted against and 1 A Member of the European Parliament (MEP) is a person who has been elected to serve as a representative in the European Parliament. MEP abstained. 

Changing the treaties

Changing the EU Treaties is not an easy feat. The Lisbon Treaty introduced a distinction between ordinary and simplified revision procedures. The ordinary revision procedure envisages a ‘Convention’ and ‘common accord’ of the representatives of the governments of all The 27 countries that are part of the EU. See the list of all members here. Member States, whereas the simplified procedure requires only a unanimous decision of the European An institution representing the Member States’ interests. Either comprised of the heads of government (European Council) or more frequently the ministers (Council of the EU) meeting in different constellations depending on the policy area. Involved in policy-making, often together with the European Parliament. Council. Both procedures are subject to national approval in each Member State in accordance with national constitutional requirements. In both cases, the initiative to amend the Treaties may come from the Commission, the Parliament or a Member State.

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