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Ordinary legislative procedure

Also known as ‘co-decision’, this is a legislative procedure which requires that both the Council and the European Parliament gives their assent for a legislative proposal to become a law.

In the context of agriculture, prior to the entry into effect of the Lisbon Treaty in December 2009, legislative proposals did not require the assent of the European Parliament to become law – it was sufficient for only the Council to give its assent. But since December 2009, no proposal concerning agriculture can become law unless both the Council and the European Parliament give their agreement. This has meant that the European Parliament now has a very significant role to play in agricultural matters (see also co-decision).

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