EU Legislation Explained


Successful engagement requires an in-depth knowledge of the changing political environment in Brussels. Given the manner to which the EU Institutions operate, it is critical to the success of projects/initiatives/funding applications that messages are framed within the ever-changing political landscape. Chelgate provide bespoke and tailored advice to clients on how to successfully engage with the EU Institutions. Successful engagement with important stakeholders can advance policy proposals and raise awareness within the EU Institutions.

Successful engagement requires timely meetings with a whole array of institutions and bodies who feed into the regulatory process, as-well as knowledge of the relationship between these bodies. Chelgate can offer engagement strategies and meeting opportunities with the relevant Directorate-Generals in the European Commission, Commissioner’s offices, MEPs and Council staff. We bring unique insight into the relationship between the European Institutions and their in-house, as well as independent, bodies and institutions.

Ordinary legislative procedure


Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) is the standard decision-making procedure used in the European Union, unless the treaties specifically state one of the special legislative procedures is to be applied to a particular subject.

The ordinary legislative procedure proceeds as follows:

  • the European Commission submits a proposal.
  • The European Parliament (EP) and Council of Ministers (Council) will either approve or amend the proposal.
  • If EP and Council cannot reach an agreement on the proposed amendments both can amend the proposal a second time. If they still cannot reach an agreement they enter negotiations.
  • After these are concluded both institutions can either vote in favour or against.

For you to discuss a policy proposal with the EU Institutions it is first important to understand where in the legislative cycle the draft proposal currently sits, if at all. Perhaps more importantly, you need to understand the background to any proposal. Chelgate ensure that before any campaign with the EU Institutions begins, clients are aware of context such as:

  • Who proposed this draft policy proposal or review of current regulations?
  • Why was it proposed?
  • Was this part of the normal regulatory cycle or was this being pushed by an external stakeholder?
  • What is the view of the Parliament and Council on the Commission proposal?
  • What are the likely changes when the proposal is negotiated in the Parliament and Council?
  • What are the timelines and are there any knowable unknowable’s we know now about the path this proposal will take?

This is where Chelgate set ourselves apart, we never make proposals to clients without giving them the entire background – we inform you of the environment you’re operating in before you make decisions.

At Chelgate, we work alongside clients to identify where a policy proposal currently sits, in which institution, under which legislative mandate, and design a campaign of influence around this.


EU Legislation Explained