assent procedure

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A procedure introduced by the Single European Act 1986 that gives greater powers to the European Parliament over the unelected European Commission. It applies when there is one reading of a new legislative measure in the Parliament: Parliament either assents by an absolute majority to the measure as presented to it or rejects it; it does not have a power to amend the measure. Compare codecision procedure; cooperation procedure.

Subjects: Law.

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