Whenever possible, decision-making rules on sanctions should be more automatic and based on a reverse majority rule, implying a Commission proposal is adopted unless rejected by the Council.Got that? A EUnion Comission proposal is accepted, unless rejected by a majority of Council votes. Gawain Towler explains:
From what I can work out from the explanations given it means that the nation states need to get 51% of the votes to block a proposal from the Commission rather than the Commission requiring a majority of 62% to get something passed. If so this is of enormous importance to the balance of power in the European Union.The thing is: Nowhere in the
Incidentally, this new rule may make life for the EUrocrats a little uncomfortable, since it represents a massive transfer of power away from nation-states. In the UK prime-minister Cameron has promised that in such a case, there would be a referendum in the UK. This may precipitate yet another crisis for the EUnion.