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The distinction between the COREPER and the Council is customary and protocolary in the first place, ministers being more dignified. Cf. the diplomatic practice at international conferences, to end with a minister's conference.

Thus, if the COREPER accepts a measure it gets on the »A« list and is summarily agreed to by the Council.

One may compare the German Federal Council (Bundesrat, Art. 50—53 GG): only ministers (i.e. members of the regional gouvernment (Landesregierung) may vote; votes are weighted and cannot be split, and the regional chief ministers (Ministerpräsidenten) meet from time to time outside of the council.

Could they vote on bills on this occasion? No, because the Federal Council needs to be convened in due form.

by Humbug (mailklammeraffeschultedivisstrackepunktde) on Mon Jun 16th, 2008 at 07:16:44 PM EST
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Bah, humbug :-)

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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jun 17th, 2008 at 01:33:59 AM EST
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