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Nuclear Power

Volume 301: debated on Friday 21 November 1997

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To ask the President of the Board of Trade which powers are exercisable (a) by the Energy Council of Ministers and (b) the European Parliament in respect of Community legislation whose basis is the Treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy Community as subsequently amended. [16927]

(a) Legislative acts of the Council under the Treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy Community (or the Euratom Treaty) are handled not by the Energy Council but by the General Affairs Council, except for research items, which are referred to the Research Council.

(b) There is no provision for co-decision under the Euratom Treaty, but the European Parliament has been consulted on legislation based on the Treaty. In addition, the Parliament may request the Commission to submit any appropriate proposal on matters on which it considers that a Community act is required for the purpose of implementing the Euratom treaty.