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Council Voting in the Constitutional Treaty: Devil in the Details. CEPS Policy Briefs No. 53, 1 July 2004

Baldwin, Richard and Widgren, Mika (2004) Council Voting in the Constitutional Treaty: Devil in the Details. CEPS Policy Briefs No. 53, 1 July 2004. [Policy Paper]

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    Abstract

    The June 2004 EU summit failed to solve the enlarged EU’s decision-making problems. Although the Constitutional Treaty’s double-majority voting rules would have maintained the enlarged EU’s ability to act, the botched Nice Treaty rules will continue to govern the Council’s decision-making up to November 2009. This failure will have important consequences since the Council, Commission and Parliament must make many tough decisions in the next five years and this will be extremely difficult under Nice Treaty voting procedures. Most importantly, these five years will be decisive in forming the public’s opinion on the enlarged EU. If the next five years see a series of deadlocks, bitter disputes and missed deadlines, EU citizens are likely to grow ever more disenchanted with the endeavour – and the position of the Eurosceptics ever stronger. Regardless of whether the Constitutional Treaty becomes law, the Nice Treaty rules will be in force during the critical, formative years of the new EU. In this sense, the most pressing task facing EU leaders is not to get the Constitutional Treaty ratified – it is to fix the Nice rules without a treaty change.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Council voting; institutional voting.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > Nice Treaty
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > Constitution for Europe
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > Council of Ministers
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > decision making/policy-making
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
    ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > CEPS Policy Briefs
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2008
    Page Range: p. 8
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:43
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/6579

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