Qualified Majority


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Qualified Majority

 

an electoral majority of two-thirds, three-fourths, or the like; it differs from a simple majority, which is one vote over 50 percent. A qualified majority is usually required for adoption of the most important resolutions (for example, the introduction of amendments to constitutional laws). The Constitution of the USSR establishes that constitutional amendments by the Supreme Soviet of the USSR require a majority of not less than two-thirds of the votes in each chamber. A qualified majority is also needed for passing the verdict in a trial by jury.

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If the vote is inconclusive as expected (no qualified majority in favour or against) the Commission will be "obliged by law" to grant the authorisation.
The Lisbon Treaty, which entered into force in December 2009, extends qualified majority voting to new policy areas, such as the budget, immigration, energy and humanitarian aid.
Again, it would need a qualified majority to be approved.
In the new voting scheme, the qualified majority is now established at 258 votes out of 342, with 89 votes required for a blocking minority, that is in practical terms, equivalent to three large states and one small one.
Going back to 19-hour days in stuffy conference rooms, arguing with the mad British press about qualified majority voting and inter-governmental conference, I'm left wondering where life went wrong.
Other EU members are planning to force Britain to abandon its veto on tax issues and allow them to be decided by qualified majority voting.
Analysts of the European Union (EU) and international bargaining have generally failed to appreciate how the shift within the EU from unanimity to qualified majority voting has affected European bargaining positions and international outcomes.
In accordance with Tsebelis, I assume that the Council is composed of seven members with Euclidian preferences and that the qualified majority rule requires five votes.
Under qualified majority voting, the number of votes that each member state exercises in the Council is weighted roughly according to its population.
Calvert will sharpen its focus on corporate disclosure of environmental, social, and governance performance metrics and continue to press for expanded shareholder rights by raising the issues of executive compensation, qualified majority voting, and disclosure of political contributions.
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.

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