A paper by the Irish Presidency (
makes new proposals on qualified majority voting in the event that
the Council does not act on the proposal by the Commission (or the
EU Minister for Foreign Affairs). This happens notably in the
fields of justice and home affairs, common foreign and security
policy, economic and monetary policy and in a possible future case
of suspension or withdrawal of a Member State. In such cases, the
Presidency suggests that qualified majority should be defined as 72
per cent of the Council's members representing 65 per cent of the
The general definition of qualified majority voting would be set
at 55 per cent of Member States comprising at least 65 per cent of
the EU's population, in line with the Presidency's previous paper.
The Presidency's paper defines the 'blocking minority' as four
negative votes cast by Member States.
The document makes a special mention of areas where only some
Council members have the right to vote (eg. eurozone or enhanced
co-operation). In such cases, the same percentages would apply
(depending on the policy area) but only to the Member States with
On the composition of the European Parliament, the new paper
proposes capping the overall number of MEPs at 750, setting the
minimum threshold of MEPs at six and the maximum number of members
at 96 per Member State.
The IGC takes centre stage during the afternoon on 18 June. EU
leaders will try to agree on a candidate for the post of Commission
President of the European Parliament Pat Cox has told
journalists that the Commission President could theoretically be
elected at a later stage but his nomination would need to take
place prior to the first meeting of the new Parliament. MEPs are
scheduled to vote on the new Commission President on 21 July. Cox
declined to comment on his own candidacy.