Following the failure of the IGC summit,
politicians are speculating about the possibility of a
two-speed Europe. Several MEPs have called into question the
efficiency of the IGC method.
The IGC meeting was not altogether unsuccessful. EU leaders
agreed on the composition of the Commission, namely to
retain the one Commissioner per country principle, as well
as to increase the minimum number of seats in the European
Parliament to five (see also
). Moreover, they agreed not to re-open discussions on
issues already agreed in past negotiations.
Two issues were left unresolved which
led the EU’s political leaders to establish that the EU
summit could not be concluded during the mandate of the
Italian Presidency. One was the disagreement over whether
to extend qualified majority voting (QMV) in areas such as
social policy and taxation.
The other more major source of
disagreement related to the definition of QMV, with Poland
and Spain not willing to give up the voting weight granted
to them by the Nice Treaty despite a last-minute compromise
proposal by Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi to extend
this vote weighting to 2014.