The Council of Ministers, which still has to vote on the European Commission proposal, must approve or oppose the authorization by a qualified majority
The ministers were given three months to take a decision through qualified majority
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.
introducing a qualified majority
(2/3) vote in Parliament to change Bulgaria's tax legislation.
com: "The Commission can now adopt its own proposals unless there is a qualified majority
of member state experts against it.
New GMO products are nominally approved by a qualified majority
of member states.
The EU's Council of Ministers was subsequently unable to reach a qualified majority
either to approve or disapprove the Greek action and Brussels has now stepped in to uphold the plantings, saying Greece did not give the "necessary information" to justify its action.
Secondly, the Conservatives are also overlooking the European Union's common asylum policy, which operates on qualified majority
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.
It would then need the approval, by a qualified majority
, of a committee of scientists appointed by member states.
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.