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Re-weighting of Votes in the Council and Composition of the Commission: When Size Matters

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The IGC 2000 was slow to attack the two most controversial institutional issues, viz. the reweighting of votes in the Council and the composition and size of the Commission. This chapter gives an account of how these two issues were dealt with by IGC 2000. The chapter proceeds chronologically, starting with the Portuguese Presidency during the first half of 2000, moving to the French Presidency during the second half, and finishing with the Nice summit in December, where these issues were decided upon after the longest summit in the EU's history. It was not only long, it was also very acrimonious. After all the settlement of these issues would determine influence in a future much enlarged EU. Successive enlargements had led to a decline in representativeness of a qualified majority vote (QMV) in terms of population from 67.70% in 1958 to 58.15% in EU-15.

Keywords: European commission; European council; French presidency; IGC 2000; Nice summit; Portuguese presidency; qualified majority vote (QMV); re-weighting of vote



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