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Participation in the framing of European policies

According to legislation currently in force, the Government has specific duties to provide information to the Houses. They consist in the obligation to transmit acts and documents to the House and the obligation to communicate information. The European Commission also delivers consultation documents and its legislative proposals directly to national parliaments.
The legislative instruments and laws of the European Union are passed on to the appropriate Parliamentary Committee for consideration and to the Committee for EU Polices for its opinion. The relevant Committees may formulate observations and adopt policy-setting instruments for the Government.
With the coming into force of the Lisbon Treaty, parliaments can send reasoned opinions to European institutions concerning whether draft EU legislative instruments conform to the principle of subsidiarity (the so-called "early-warning" system).

Law 11 of 2005 introduced the parliamentary scrutiny reserve. This may be applied on the initiative of one of the two Houses of Parliament or of the Government, in relation to every EU measure or draft measure that the Government is under a duty to transmit to the two Houses. As of 2000, on the basis of a procedure suggested by the Committee on the Rules of Procedure, the Chamber of Deputies has examined the legislative programme of the European Commission and the political programme of the Council. In respect of European affairs, Parliamentary Committees may use all ordinary instruments of enquiry, policy-setting and control provided for in the Rules of Procedure (hearings, fact-finding enquiries, questions and interpellations, resolutions and motions).