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Consent procedure

The procedure requires the European Parliament's consent to a proposed act, required under the Treaty on European Union or the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, before certain decisions can be taken. It is based on a single vote on consent with the majority of votes cast. The European Parliament may accept or reject a proposed act and cannot amend it. Where the European Parliament does not give its consent, the act cannot be adopted.

As a non-legislative procedure, it usually applies to the ratification of certain agreements negotiated by the EU, or is applicable most notably in the cases of serious breach of fundamental rights under Article 7 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) or for the accession of new EU members or arrangements for the withdrawal from the EU.

As a legislative procedure, it is to be used also when new legislation on combating discrimination is being adopted and it gives the European Parliament a veto when the subsidiary general legal basis is applied in line with Article 352 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (TFEU).