What is the purpose of consolidating and codifying legislation
By a Communication dated 21 November 2001 the Commission launched a project to codify the “acquis communautaire” in order to improve the accessibility of Community legislation.The project covered about 500 acts which had been amended one or more times and was managed by the Legal Service.Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co.
That new act must pass through all the stages of the legislative process, although an accelerated procedure has been agreed by the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission.
The advantages of codification are that An example of a codified act based on a previously consolidated text is Directive 2006/12/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 April 2006 on waste.
The new act passes through the full legislative process and replaces the acts being codified.
There are two types of codification: Codification takes as its starting point the consolidated texts produced by the Publications Office.
The task was complicated by the multilingual nature of Community legislation, which led to the need for all texts to be translated into 9 new official languages from May 2004 and 3 further new languages from January 2007.
The project was officially completed in 2009 and the results are set out in a list showing the detailed outcome of the planned codification acts.