Politico learned that the EU will discuss the abolition of the right of countries to veto against anti-Russian sanctions The EU may abandon the principle of unanimous decision-making, replacing it with the principle of a simple majority. Borrell and Scholz advocated the abolition of the right of veto for countries. Zakharova stated that “this is liberal totalitarianism”
EU foreign ministers will meet in Brussels to discuss a proposal to abolish or limit the unanimous principle of foreign policy decision-making, Politico reported.
According to this principle, each member state of the European Union has the right to veto, which it can use, including when agreeing on anti-Russian sanctions. In particular, Hungary used this right when the EU worked out restrictions on Russian oil in the spring. Including because of Budapest, the solution of the issue was delayed for a month and a half. As a result, Hungary achieved special conditions for itself and lifted the veto, and the embargo was approved.
Now the EU wants to discuss the possibility of abolishing or limiting the right of veto and replacing the unanimous principle of making foreign policy decisions with the principle of a simple majority, when the support of more than half of the states of the association is enough.
For the abolition of the principle of unanimous decision-making in the EU were, in particular, the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. Both link the need to reform the decision-making process with EU enlargement.
As Scholz explained, the more new members there are in the European Union, the more differences will become between member countries in terms of political interests, economic influence and social security systems, reports Reuters. Therefore, the right of veto in a number of areas, including in matters of common foreign policy, must be abandoned, the chancellor believes. “Where unanimity is required today, the risk that one country will use its veto power and prevent others from moving forward increases with each new member state,” said the German chancellor.
In the Russian Foreign Ministry, after proposals were made to abolish the right of veto in the EU, they noted that “this is liberal totalitarianism.” “Either everyone is in favor, or the decision will be made anyway,” — Maria Zakharova, a representative of the department, wrote in the telegram channel.
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