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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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In those EU areas where QMV is possible, constructive negotiations are imperative.
(52) These articles demonstrate an embrace of the Community method, complete with Commission-driven initiative, co-decision with Parliament, QMV in the Council, and jurisdiction in the ECJ.
Moreover, as in the case with QMV, the institutions were important in coordinating policy, while the intergovernmental decision still dominated the decision-making.
Concerns about the Council of the European Union being overwhelmed with mundane business have led to a qualified majority vote (QMV) procedure being used with increased frequency.
Similarly, the definition of the QMV (qualified majority voting) threshold has been relatively constant over time: in all stages of EU membership, the quota or decision threshold for QMV was located at a level of about 71% of the total vote.
The passerelle clause (Article 48 of TEU) stipulates that a unanimous European Council may authorize the Council of the EU to consult with the Commission, European Parliament, and national parliaments on switching to Qualified Majority Voting (QMV) in matters that relate to internal policies or to general legislative procedures from special legislative ones.
Under a standard co-decision procedure with two readings, subject to QMV in the Council and simple majority in the European Parliament, the Commission's proposal is eventually adopted.
A QMV is a passenger auto, light truck or motorcycle with a gross vehicle weight rating of not more than 8,500 pounds, or a motor home of any weight.
The Treaty, in an effort to streamline its internal processes, would instead authorize decision-making on the basis of qualified majority voting (QMV)--a powerful tool that is already at the foundation of EU power in areas such as trade.
which would affect the operation of QMV (Qualified Majority Voting in the Council), is almost certainly a good idea.
(4.) Provision is made for decision-making by QMV to elaborate and implement policy or strategy already adopted by unanimity.