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What Is Third Reading?

If the Council do not approve the European Parliament's amendments at Second Reading, then the act goes on to Third Reading, i.e. the third time that the matter comes before the European Parliament as a whole.

For an act to reach this stage, there must be notable differences between the Council and Parliamentary positions, and the relationship between the Council and the European Parliament is likely to be a little strained with regard to the proposal.

If the final text of the proposal cannot be agreed at this stage then it goes to conciliation.