Consolidating legislation codifying legislation
But consolidation, unlike codification, does not generate a new mandatory legal instrument.
The exercise of consolidating the accumulated body of Community legislation and releasing it on the EUR-Lex site began in 1996, under the responsibility of the Publications Office of the European Union.
Legislative consolidation means combining in a single text the provisions of a basic instrument and all subsequent amendments.
There is no amendment of the content or form of the existing material.
Consolidation corresponds to a purely declaratory, unofficial simplification of the legislation.
Incorporating the amendments into the basic instrument does not entail adopting a new instrument. Consolidation serves the interests of citizens, administrative authorities and the business world by providing a more accessible and more transparent legislative framework and has the advantage of making the law more reader-friendly.
In 2016 the Law Commission published its report, The Form and Accessibility of the Law Applicable in Wales.
It recommended that the Welsh Government should pursue a policy of consolidating and codifying the law in Wales.
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.Each programme should make provision for measures that are intended to consolidate and codify Welsh law, maintain codified law and to facilitate use of the Welsh language.The Explanatory Notes to the Bill provide definitions of consolidation and codification.It is now planned that new legislative instruments will be consolidated as soon as an amendment is published in the Official Journal.An example is the Council Directive of 15 July 1975 on waste, which has been amended several times and was consolidated on 20 November 2003, this consolidation then being used as a basis for the codified instrument.