April 23, 2008
We must return to the system advocated in the Draft Constitution whereby, based on the General Orientations of the European Council regarding CFSP, the Council of Ministers needs either a qualified majority to pass decisions (Art. III-295 Draft Constitution) or total unanimity, with or without “constructive abstention”. To return to the requirement of unanimity for all decisions, as stated in Art. 24, second paragraph TUE (Lisbon), is an unacceptable step back.
We all know that the European Council acts by consensus. For this reason, once the overall lines of action have been established, the day-to-day policy proposed by the High Representative and decided by the Council of Ministers, cannot be subject to the constant threat of veto by only one country.