Poland and Voting in the Council

Maciej Kaczynski, Piotr (2007) Poland and Voting in the Council. Elcano Newsletter (36). 6 p.. ISSN 1698-5184

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Abstract

Poland wants to reopen the debate about voting in the Council. The Polish government has made public its desire to renegotiate the voting system in the Council. The main reason is that the voting system envisaged in the Constitution implies a huge loss of voting power with respect to Germany and a break-up of the accession package which brought Poland to the EU. Whereas the previous government accepted the new voting system as a part of a global package, the new government considers that once the Constitutional Treaty is open for renegotiation, each and every member state has the right to place onto the agenda the elements it dislikes. Whereas this is not often clearly perceived from abroad, the Polish government has adopted a constructive position: rather than a ‘Nice or die’ position, it is demanding that new options be examined, discussed and eventually negotiated. One of them is the ‘square root’ formula, which offers some sort of middle point between the Nice system and the Constitutional Treaty, but there are other possibilities. But, first and foremost, the European Council should allow the issue to be included in the IGC’s agenda. Not to do so would not only amount to repeating the mistakes made during the previous IGC negotiations but would open a question mark about the legitimacy of the EU’s treaty-making processes and threaten the satisfactory conclusion and ratification of the new Treaty.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Estudio sólo disponible en inglés
Uncontrolled Keywords: Europa
Subjects: INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION > INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS > SINGLE EUROPEAN MARKET.
INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION > INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS > COUNCIL OF EUROPE
INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION > COUNTRIES AND REGIONS > POLAND
INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK > POLITICS > POLITICAL PARTICIPATION
INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK > POLITICS > VOTING
Divisions: Real Instituto Elcano, RIE
Depositing User: Jorge Horcas Pulido
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2012 13:50
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2012 13:50
URI: http://biblioteca.ribei.org/id/eprint/1258

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