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The Decision-making Process in the European Union

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The decision-making process in the European Union (EU) has progressively become more and more complex parallel to the consolidation of the Communities themselves, to the increasing of their powers and to the autonomy of their institutions in the decision- making process. This chapter first describes the typology of the decision-making procedures, outlining the main characteristics, and the types of procedures. The Council of the European Union established in a Decision of 13 July 1987 (so-called ‘Comitology Decision’) what would be the procedures that will govern relations between the Commission and the committees of experts which assist it in the implementation of the European legislation at a Community level. The chapter then discusses the participation of the Spanish Autonomous Communities in the European decision-making process, and explains the indirect participation of the interest groups by tracing the development of such participation in the Community decision-making processes.

Keywords: Comitology Decision; decision-making process; European Council; European Union (EU); indirect participation; interest groups; Spanish Autonomous Communities



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