Changing EU treaties. There is a decision of the European Parliament

The European Parliament has decided to approve the report of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO) on the amendment of the EU Treaties.

The European Parliament has voted on a proposal for far-reaching changes to the EU treaties (Treaty on Union and Treaty on the Functioning of the Union). This is one of the phases of an unprecedented political reform in the history of the community. In the next phase, the report will be presented to the Council of Ministers for European Affairs. This will happen on December 12.

The EP gives the green light to amend the treaties

The document was supported by 291 MEPs and 274 voted against. 44 MEPs abstained from voting.

Opponents of the reform believe that member states will be reduced to the role of estates, which in practice are managed centrally from Brussels. One of the changes being implemented in Brussels is: abandoning the principle of unanimity in EU Council voting in 65 areas.

In addition, the project provides for the creation of two new ones Exclusive powers of the EU – in the field of environmental protection and biodiversity, as well as a significant expansion shared powerswhich would cover seven new areas: foreign and security policy, border protection, public health, civil defense, industry and education.

The contents of the document were approved by representatives of five factions: the European People’s Party (EPP), Social Democrats (S&D), Liberals (Renew), the Greens and the Left.

What else does the committee propose?

A month ago, the European Parliament’s Committee on Constitutional Affairs supported draft amendments to the Treaties establishing the European Union by 19 votes in favor, 6 against and one abstention. He wants, among other things, to increase the role of Parliament and the election of the President of the European Commission by the EP and to establish exclusive EU powers in the field of the environment, as well as increasing these powers in the field of foreign affairs business, defence, energy, cross-border infrastructure and freedom, security and justice. It is also planned to introduce an EU-wide referendum mechanism.

MEPs are calling for a more bicameral system that would strengthen the role of the EP and change voting mechanisms in the Council. The idea is to increase the number of decisions taken through qualified majority voting (QMV) and through the ordinary legislative procedure (OLP). Parliament would be given full rights of legislative initiative and would become co-legislator of the EU’s long-term budget.

Source: Do Rzeczy