Officials ‘Pre-Cooking’ EU Affairs? The Role of EP Officials in the Ordinary Legislative Procedure (OLP)
The European Parliament (EP) has been hailed as one of the ‘winners’ of the Lisbon Treaty (Mahoney, 2010). Indeed, since its entry into force, the EP is a co-legislator in almost all regulatory fields of the EU. The co-legislative powers of the EP now cover 85 Treaty articles and were extended into thus-far unchartered waters such as fisheries and the common commercial policy, to name just two examples. Moreover, what used to be the third pillar of freedom, security, and justice now falls in its entirety under the ordinary legislative procedure (OLP, formerly known as the co-decision procedure).
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