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Undoubtedly the losers in the quest for influence over Community decision-making are the national parliaments. This has been regarded as particularly unsatisfactory in view of the hitherto marginal role of the European Parliament. National parliamentary involvement has suffered partly because the Council of Ministers 'legislates' directly in areas such as agricultural policy, and partly because Community negotiations are confined to the executive or The Policy-making Process in the European Community 47 to discussions between officials and interest groups.
Some less contentious proposals may be resolved at the COREPER level and go to one or other of the Councils to appear as 'A' points on their agenda. Unresolved issues may be placed on a Council agenda in the hope that ministers will find some grounds for compromise. But, ifthe gulfbetween national positions revealed at official level is so great that any Council discussion would be fruitless, issues may not reach the Council for some time. If and when proposals finally do appear on the Council's agenda, the debate is then between national ministers and the Commission, in secret.
In practice, both the Commission and the Council follow the procedures of consultation rigorously. However, the Council's failure to consult (in that it did not wait for Parliament's Opinion) in the Isoglucose Case of 1980, led to the reaffirmation of the Parliament's role by the Court ofjustice. That role has been further extended under the Single European Act. soglucose case (isoglucose being a liquid sweetener made from maize), the Court held that a Council regulation was invalid because the Parliament had not been able to give its opinion.