The Commission must be aware of new situations and issues developing in Europe and it must consider whether the EU legislation is the best way to deal with them.

When developing policy and legislation, the European Commission consults widely with EU citizens and stakeholders through public consultations. The very objective of consultation is to ensure that interested parties are heard properly in the policy-making process.

Individuals, businesses and other organisations with an interest in, or expert knowledge on, a given topic can help shape the Commission's draft proposal before it goes to the Council and European Parliament for discussion and adoption.

Your Voice in Europe is the European Commission's “single access point” to a variety of consultations and feedback opportunities, which enable citizens and stakeholders to express their views on EU policies at different stages throughout the policy lifecycle.

Consultation Calls: Your Voice in Europe.