The qualified majority
system gives larger countries, such as the UK, more votes than smaller ones.
In the second stage of Tsebelis' model, the EP can make a proposal that is approved if preferred to z by the Commission and by a qualified majority
in the Council.
The Commission may take the latter action only in accordance with a complicated "comitology" procedure that provides a role for the Banking Advisory Committee and for the Council, with veto power granted to a simple majority of the Council.(13) An extension of the three-month period would require a qualified majority
vote of the Council.
The ministers were given three months to take a decision through qualified majority
Since internal market laws are determined by qualified majority
voting, Gordon Brown will find himself in a weak position with few friends.
A revised draft published by the Irish government last night recommends abandoning efforts to move to qualified majority
voting for EU-level decisions involving taxation.
French finance minister Laurent Fabius, in a jibe at the UK, said tonight that things would have been much easier if the savings tax issue had been subject to qualified majority
voting, instead of unanimity.
I argue that under the current cooperation procedure, the EP has an important power: it can make proposals that, if accepted by the Commission, are easier for the Council of Ministers to accept than to modify (only qualified majority
being required for acceptance but unanimity, for modification).
The French delegation points out that, while the compromises failed to obtain the support of a qualified majority
at the 29 November Coreper meeting - as reported in the article entitled Posting of workers hits fresh impasse' (Europolitics 4763) - the Lithuanian Presidency has said that it is working on another compromise proposal.