|-- a reinforcement of the powers of the European Parliament in order to mitigate the democratic deficit existing within the Community's decision-making process: pursuant to the co-decision procedure the European Parliament, acting jointly with the Council, has become the legislator in certain specified activities of the European Community.|
|-- an affirmation of the role of the Commission throughout the legislative procedure: the Commission keeps its right of initiative.|
|-- an easing of the decision-making process by means of an intensification of the dialogue between the institutions and, in particular, between the Council and the European Parliament. For the first time in a Community legislative procedure, the European Parliament and the Council are put face-to-face in the newly established Conciliation Committee in order to reach a compromise on their differing views relating to the content of their legislative acts.|
This article is intended to provide an analysis of Article 189b (Part I), a reflection on the co-decision's controversial points (Part II) and, finally an assessment of the procedure with a view to its future revision (Part III).
Under the new provisions introduced by the Treaty on European Union into the EC Treaty, the European Parliament acting jointly with the Council can make regulations, issue directives, and take decisions. All these acts have binding force and apply in accordance with the conditions____________________