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Deal could give MEPs and Council greater say on legislation

A leaked proposal has shown that the European Commission is willing to give the European Parliament and Council of Ministers greater involvement in the early stage of law making—in exchange for support for reduced bureaucracy.

In a draft proposal published by the news website EurActiv, the Commission has said it would for the first time agree to draw up a priority list of legislation with the Council and Parliament each year. It would then give “serious consideration” to the institutions’ requests and explain any refusals, according to the draft. 

In return, the Commission is asking for support for its so-called "better regulation" drive, to cut red-tape. Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans has said this approach will allow the EU to be “big on the big things and small on the small things”, EurActiv reports. 

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