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Ireland to lose significant Power at EU Level as QMV element of Lisbon Treaty comes into effect Tomorrow – Carthy

31 October, 2014 - by Matt Carthy MEP


Ireland to lose significant Power at EU Level as QMV element of Lisbon Treaty comes into effect Tomorrow – Carthy

Speaking in advance of the coming into effect of Lisbon Treaty provisions tomorrow 1st November, which will reduce Ireland’s voting weight at EU level, Sinn Féin MEP for the Midland’s North West Constituency Matt Carthy said:

“From tomorrow 1st November 2014, Ireland’s voting weight in EU law making will be reduced by 150% from 2% to 0.8%.

“Under qualified majority rules, agreement of 55% or 15 members of the 28 strong European Council representing 65% of the European Union population is sufficient for a legislative proposal by the commission to pass.

“In order to block a proposal, at least four council members, constituting over 35% of the population of the European Union must constitute a blocking minority otherwise a qualified majority will deem to be attained.

“Larger countries, with larger populations, have been given larger weights under the Qualified majority procedure – for example France, German, Britain and Ireland have 45% between them. This means that the Lisbon treaty has disproportionately increased the power of the largest states in decision making power while diminishing the power of the smaller states.

“Significantly, the Lisbon treaty also extended Qualified Voting Majority to areas previously covered by unanimity including areas of international trade. Effectively, this means that Ireland has lost its veto in such matters and, as concern around the implications of the Transatlantic Trade and Partnership (TTIP) negotiations continues to grow among sections of civil society, our power to influence the outcome is severely diminished.

“This is what transpires when bad Governments negotiate bad treaties on behalf of the Irish people. People will remember clearly the promise of jobs and investment made by Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Labour party during the second Lisbon treaty campaign but instead all they got was a weaker voice within the European institutions.

“For our part Sinn Féin MEPs will be actively working to ensure that Ireland’s voice is not lost particularly during the ongoing TTIP talks and other critical decisions that will be made in coming years”.

“From tomorrow 1st November 2014, Ireland’s voting weight in EU law making will be reduced by 150% from 2% to 0.8%.

“Under qualified majority rules, agreement of 55% or 15 members of the 28 strong European Council representing 65% of the European Union population is sufficient for a legislative proposal by the commission to pass.

“In order to block a proposal, at least four council members, constituting over 35% of the population of the European Union must constitute a blocking minority otherwise a qualified majority will deem to be attained.

“Larger countries, with larger populations, have been given larger weights under the Qualified majority procedure – for example France, German, Britain and Ireland have 45% between them. This means that the Lisbon treaty has disproportionately increased the power of the largest states in decision making power while diminishing the power of the smaller states.

“Significantly, the Lisbon treaty also extended Qualified Voting Majority to areas previously covered by unanimity including areas of international trade. Effectively, this means that Ireland has lost its veto in such matters and, as concern around the implications of the Transatlantic Trade and Partnership (TTIP) negotiations continues to grow among sections of civil society, our power to influence the outcome is severely diminished.

“This is what transpires when bad Governments negotiate bad treaties on behalf of the Irish people. People will remember clearly the promise of jobs and investment made by Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Labour party during the second Lisbon treaty campaign but instead all they got was a weaker voice within the European institutions.

“For our part Sinn Féin MEPs will be actively working to ensure that Ireland’s voice is not lost particularly during the ongoing TTIP talks and other critical decisions that will be made in coming years”.

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