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The Future of the EU – Background Paper

The Future of the EU – Background Paper

Compromises for expanding ordinary legislative procedure and majority voting in climate and energy policies

The EU adopts essential climate issues – such as carbon taxation – by special legislative procedures. This means that the European Parliament is not an equal co-legislator and the Council decides by unanimous vote, providing each Member State with a veto. This is a problem because the urgency of climate action requires swift and bold EU action. EU climate action cannot afford a governance structure that allows one Member State to hold all others hostage in essential areas of climate action. A new Ecologic paper explores how to address this problem.


Citation

Meyer-Ohlendorf, Nils et. al. 2019: The Future of the EU. Compromises for expanding ordinary legislative procedure and
majority voting in climate and energy policies. Background Paper. Ecologic Institute: Berlin.

Language
English
Funding
Year
2019
Dimension
9 pp.
Project ID
2299
Table of Contents

Summary
Background: Why more ordinary legislative procedure in EU climate policies?
How to expand ordinary legislative process?
Who supports expanding ordinary legislative procedure, who is against it?
Options for compromise: How to strike a balance between effective EU climate action through more ordinary legislative procedures and concerns of national sovereignty

Keywords
reform process, EU, European Union, Europe, analysis