On 5 December 2013 VoteWatch Europe presented a special policy brief to mark the 20th anniversary of the co-decision procedure (now known officially as the ordinary legislative procedure). The procedure, which put the European Parliament on a legislative par with the Council of Ministers in a limited number of policy areas, was introduced in the Maastricht Treaty, which entered into effect on 1 November 1993.
Key findings include:
• The roll-call vote participation rate for Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) has gone up, as has the internal cohesion rate of the EP’s political groups;
• In the Parliament, more legislation is being adopted at first reading, and by larger majorities;
• In the Council, legislative activity has decreased and decision-making has become less consensual.
The full policy brief, which includes detailed findings and graphs, can be downloaded here