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New display of interinstitutional procedures on EUR-Lex

The new display of interinstitutional procedures on EUR-Lex presents the information in a more user-friendly way and makes it easier to understand the different stages in the life cycle of a legal act.

The new display affects the following types of procedure launched after the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty (1.12.2009):

  • ordinary legislative procedures (COD);
  • special legislative procedures
    • requiring the consent of the European Parliament (APP), or
    • requiring consultation with the European Parliament (CNS);
  • non-legislative procedures (NLE).

The biggest improvement is the grouping the existing procedural steps (“events”) on EUR-Lex under the relevant categories such as ‘Proposal’, ‘Opinions’, ‘First reading’, ‘Adoption’, etc.

There are two different templates (i.e. two sets of possible categories) depending on whether the procedure is a COD or a CNS/APP/NLE.

This presentation gives a cleaner and simpler first view where the information is displayed in layers rather than all at once. The user can then discover additional content with the expand/collapse functionality.

Other improvements include:

  • an indication of the procedure’s status (‘ongoing’/‘completed’/‘withdrawn’);
  • a link to the relevant glossary of summaries of EU legislation, where more information about each type of legislative procedure can be found;
  • a link to the internal Commission procedure leading to the adoption of the proposal before its submission to the Parliament and the Council — if available, this link will be displayed in the ‘Proposal’ category;
  • the possibility to reverse the order of categories (from the oldest to most recent).
Screen capture of a lawmaking procedure on EUR-Lex

Examples: 2013/0105/COD, 2017/0349/CNS

Published: 13.12.2018