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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With this Communication, the Commission is launching a debate on an enhanced use of qualified majority voting in social policy, rendering decision-making more timely, flexible and efficient where an EU competence already exists.
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.
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.
"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.
To this end, the Single European Act replaced unanimous voting with "qualified majority voting" for the Council's adoption of most harmonization measures necessary to achieve the internal market.
On the following day, the Ecofin Council, by reinforced qualified majority voting of the euro area members, will formally adopt a recommendation to the European Council.
Europolitics understands that EU leaders are disposed to allow such carry-overs to be subject to qualified majority voting in Council.
Despite the extension of weighted qualified majority voting, most Council of Ministers decisions continue to be taken by unanimity, according to data released by VoteWatch.eu, on 9 July.
He said the law would be examined "in the fullest detail" by MPs and pledged: "There is a provision in the Bill that any proposal to activate the mechanisms in the treaty which provide for further moves to qualified majority voting, but which require unanimity, will have to be subject to a prior vote by the House."

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