The Council has adopted a new Regulation setting rules for how Member States control the Commission’s exercise of its implementing powers. The new rules cater for an examination procedure for draft legislation of a general nature, or which relates to specific sectors, or is a programme with substantial implications. If the examination procedure committee has a negative opinion, there is an appeals process or time for the Commission to revise the draft for a further vote. If there is a second negative opinion, the Commission must not adopt the Act. However, for all other pieces of legislation, the Commission may adopt the Act, and needs only to take account of an advisory committee’s opinion. The Council, Parliament and Commission published a statement about the new Regulation. The new process takes effect from 1 March. (Source: 6378/11 and 5678/11)