Principle of collegiality

Principle of collegiality

Principle of collegiality and the decision making procedures

According to Article 17 (6) of the Treaty on European Union (ex. Art. 217(1) EC) and Article 1 of the Rules of Procedure decision-making in the Commission is based on the principle of collegiality. In other words, as a general rule, Commission decisions must be taken collectively by all Commissioners and all Commissioners are collectively responsible for those decisions. The delegation of decision-making powers to individual Commissioners or Directors

General is regarded by the Treaty and the Rules of Procedure as an exception and is therefore subject to limitations.

Commission decisions are either taken at the Commission's weekly meeting ('oral procedure'), by written procedure, by empowerment (which includes the possibility of sub-delegation), or by direct delegation.


See Also


  • Information about Principle of collegiality in the Antitrust Manual of Procedures for the application of Articles 101 and 102 TFEU (Internal DG Competition)

Further Reading

  • Information about Principle of collegiality in EU Competition Procedure, 3rd. Edition, Edited by Luis Ortiz Blanco (Oxford University Press)

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