Opinion

Opinion in Europe

Description of Opinion

The Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union describes opinion in the following terms: [1] Within the EU there are several different categories of quasi-legal ‘Opinion’. The powerlessness of many EU bodies, such as the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, makes it useful to give them some appearance of influence by authorising them to give Opinions (or avis in French), which the decision-making institutions are obliged to note, but not necessarily to follow. More significant Opinions are those given by the European Parliament on draft legislation and those given by the Commissionand the Parliament on applications for membership of the Eu (see more in this European encyclopedia). The selection of countries to join the single currency was preceded by Opinions from a number of bodies, including the Commission and the European Monetary Institute (see more in this European encyclopedia). The Council of Ministers sometimes also delivers non-binding Opinions designed to influence member states. In the Court of Justice, judgments are usually based on the Opinion of an advocate-general.

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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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