The lawmakers can give the EU Commission the option to supplement or amend certain non-essential elements of the EU law or framework law by delegating authority.
The Lisbon Treaty introduced delegated acts as a special category of law in addition to EU directives and regulations.
- Not to be confused with executive acts, where the executive body, for example the Commission, only carries out the specific provisions of the law.
- The distinction between legislative, delegated and executive acts can be hard to make.
- If the Commission misuses the delegated power it has been given it can only be re-called by a qualified majority in the Council or an absolute majority in the European Parliament