After the blog posts on Article 207 TEC and Article 240 TFEU, as well as on Swedish openness and the Lisbon Treaty, Information about EU Council: Swedish Presidency and first aid and Free EU Council publications, we turn to more detailed provisions.
While we are waiting for the Swedish EU Council Presidency to publish proposals for the new Rules of Procedure of the Council and other decisions concerning the implementation of the Treaty of Lisbon, we look at the existing Council’s Rules of Procedure.
Council’s Rules of Procedure
Detailed rules on the Council of the European Union are given in Council Decision 2006/683/EC, Euratom of 15 September 2006 adopting the Council's Rules of Procedure, originally published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) 16.10.2006 L 285/47.
The latest consolidated version of the Council’s Rules of Procedure is of 1 January 2009.
The headlines of the Articles and the Annexes offer a picture of the contents of the Council’s Rules of Procedure:
Notice and venue of meetings
Configurations of the Council, role of the General Affairs and External Relations Council and programming
Representation of a Council member unable to attend
Professional secrecy and production of documents in legal proceedings
Cases where the Council acts in its legislative capacity
Council deliberations open to the public and public debates
Making public votes, explanations of votes and minutes
Public access to Council documents
Voting arrangements and quorum
Ordinary written procedure and silence procedure
Deliberations and decisions on the basis of documents and drafts drawn up in the languages provided for by the language rules in force
Signing of acts
Absence of the possibility to participate in the vote
Publication of acts in the Official Journal
Notification of acts
Coreper, committees and working parties
The Presidency and the businesslike conduct of discussions
Reports from committees and working parties
Quality of drafting
The Secretary-General and the General Secretariat
Duties as depositary of agreements and conventions
Representation before the European Parliament
Provisions concerning the form of acts
Correspondence addressed to the Council
LIST OF COUNCIL CONFIGURATIONS
SPECIFIC PROVISIONS REGARDING PUBLIC ACCESS TO COUNCIL
DETAILED RULES FOR IMPLEMENTING THE PROVISIONS
CONCERNING THE WEIGHTING OF VOTES IN THE COUNCIL
(1. In application of the following provisions of the Rules of Procedure and for
decisions in respect of which, under the Treaties, members of the Council or
of Coreper may not participate in the vote, account is not to be taken of votes
by such members:)
WORKING METHODS FOR AN ENLARGED COUNCIL
PROVISIONS CONCERNING THE FORMS OF ACTS
Next, we are going to turn to Coreper, then the General Secretariat and finally publications about the Council of the European Union.