Conciliation consists of negotiations between the Parliament and the Council in the framework of the Conciliation Committee, with a view to reaching agreement in the form of a 'joint text' in third reading.
In Parliament there are three Vice-Presidents responsible for conciliation: Ms Mairead McGuinness, Ms Katarina Barley and Ms Nicola Beer.
They are appointed from the ranks of the 14 Vice-Presidents by the political groups as permanent members of Parliament's delegations to the Conciliation Committee. The three Vice-Presidents are appointed for a period and two and a half years and can be re-appointed, either after the European election or Parliament's mid-term election.
Each EP delegation to the Conciliation Committee is chaired by one of the three Vice-Presidents; they decide among themselves who will be responsible for which conciliation procedure.
The Vice-President chairing the EP delegation and the Minister of the Member State holding the Council Presidency co-chair the Conciliation Committee meeting. The relevant Commissioner represents the Commission.