Factors affecting progress through the Council (EU)

A number of factors affect the speed with which any proposal will achieve a common position.

The urgency of the proposal
The controversy the proposal generates and the support or opposition of member states
The extent to which the commission has anticipated objections to the proposal and can offer reassurances
The complexity of the provisions
The commission's willingness to amend
The efficiency of the incumbent council presidency
The ability and willingness of participants to compromise