The qualified majority
system gives larger countries, such as the UK, more votes than smaller ones.
It adopts a common position either by unanimity or qualified majority
vote (QMV), depending on the treaty article and the substantive area addressed.
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.
13) An extension of the three-month period would require a qualified majority
vote of the Council.
It is now up to the Ministers to take a position by qualified majority
on this request.
The health of our bees is of paramount importance - we have a duty to take proportionate yet decisive action to protect them wherever appropriate," he added, reiterating his determination to receive qualified majority
support at the Appeal Committee for his proposal.
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).
A qualified majority
of votes were cast for O'Reilly in the third ballot.