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Own-initiative reports

Although much of work of the European Parliament is dedicated to scrutinising legislative proposals from the European Commission, the Parliament is also given free rein to come up with its own proposals.

These are known as an own-initiative reports.

A committee wishing to produce an own-initiative report must get permission from the Conference of Presidents, and although they are usually non-binding, they can be used to put pressure on the Commission to come up with new proposals.

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