qualified majority voting


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qualified majority voting

a voting system, used by the EU Council of Ministers, enabling certain resolutions to be passed without unanimity.
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Europolitics energy understands that EU leaders are disposed to allow such carry-overs to be subject to qualified majority voting in Council.
In the current deal qualified majority voting is dropped in favour of unanimity.
Mr Blunkett said the move by the 25 EU member states to scrap the requirement for unanimous agreement on immigration policy and instead adopt a qualified majority voting (QMV) system, under which larger states have more influence than EU minnows, would work in Britain's favour.
The 25 member states now in the EU are expected to agree to scrap the requirement for unanimous agreement on immigration policy in favour of Qualified Majority Voting (QMV), where larger states like Britain, France and Germany have more weight than small countries.
Language in the agreement on Qualified Majority Voting (QMV) means that over a wide raft of issues, the wishes of individual member states can now be overruled by a vote of the majority.
As a result of this change, in any future qualified majority voting situation, the two main opposers of farm policy reform, France and Germany, will find it easier to form a majority with smaller countries and reformers will find it more difficult to block them.
Going back to 19-hour days in stuffy conference rooms, arguing with the mad British press about qualified majority voting and inter-governmental conference, I'm left wondering where life went wrong.
Other EU members are planning to force Britain to abandon its veto on tax issues and allow them to be decided by qualified majority voting.
Analysts of the European Union (EU) and international bargaining have generally failed to appreciate how the shift within the EU from unanimity to qualified majority voting has affected European bargaining positions and international outcomes.
Under qualified majority voting, the number of votes that each member state exercises in the Council is weighted roughly according to its population.
Calvert will sharpen its focus on corporate disclosure of environmental, social, and governance performance metrics and continue to press for expanded shareholder rights by raising the issues of executive compensation, qualified majority voting, and disclosure of political contributions.
Europolitics understands that EU leaders are disposed to allow such carry-overs to be subject to qualified majority voting in Council.

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