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Green Paper

Green Papers are documents published by the European Commission to stimulate discussion on given topics at European level. They invite the relevant parties (bodies or individuals) to participate in a consultation process and debate on the basis of the proposals they put forward. Green Papers may give rise to legislative developments that are then outlined in White Papers.

Examples of recent Green Papers include:

  • Mobile health (‘mHealth’) (2014);
  • Retail financial services: Better products, more choice and greater opportunities for consumers and businesses (2015); and
  • Building a Capital Markets Union (2015).