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White paper

European Commission white papers are documents containing proposals for European Union (EU) action in a specific area. In some cases, they follow on from a green paper published to launch a consultation process at EU level.

The purpose of a White Paper is to launch a debate with the public, stakeholders, the European Parliament and the Council in order to arrive at a political consensus.

They are published on the Commission’s ‘Have Your Say’ web portal.

Examples of Commission white papers include: