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Democratic Implications of the Treaty of Lisbon


Empirically, a comparison of co-decision procedures during

the 5th (1999-2004), 6th (2004-2009), and 7th (2009-2014)

legislatures reveals that the more frequently applied, and the more

evolved the co-decision procedure, the more likely legislative acts

were to be concluded in early stages. As is shown in Figure 6, the

percentage of legislation adopted during the first reading increased

from 33% in the 5th legislature to 72% in the 6th legislature, and

reached 85% in the 7th legislature. In contrast, legislation that had

to go through conciliation dropped from 21% to 5% and 2%.

Sources: European Commission (2009); European Parliament (2014b).

Figure 6 Comparison of Stages of Agreement among Legislatures

In the view of the Commission, and the Council as well, such

statistical results are a source of pride.

The most important change has been further improvement

in the working relationship between the three institutions.

With the passing of time the three institutions have

developed a relationship based on trust and pragmatism,

where agreement could be reached earlier and earlier in

the procedure, reducing drastically the number of

conciliations and provoking and explosion of first reading

agreements. (European Commission, 2009: 2)