Assent in Europe

Description of Assent

The Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union describes assent in the following terms: [1] Introduced by the Single European Act of 1986 and subsequently amended by the 1992 Maastricht Treaty, assent refers to certain veto rights of the European Parliament. The Parliament has to approve by absolute majority the accessionto the EU of a new member state, and by simple majority (that is, of the votes cast) the conclusion of an Association Agreement. This ‘assent procedure’ applies to virtually all international agreements as well as to a limited range of legislative proposals. The Treaty of Amsterdam extended the scope of the procedure to cover the imposition of sanctions on a member state for serious and persistent breach of fundamental human rights.


Notas y References

  1. Based on the book “A Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union from Aachen to Zollverein”, by Rodney Leach (Profile Books; London)

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