EU accession: Zagreb won’t be able to trip us up any longer

The European Commission is gearing to propose changes to the decision-making process regarding the EU membership candidates.

Deciding on certain steps regarding candidate countries on their way to the EU membership will not require the consent of all Union members. This proposal, which is aimed at preventing unnecessary blockages, could be applicable as of autumn.

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Referring to the statement made by the European Commissioner for Enlargement, Johannes Hahn, the Zagreb-based daily Vecernji List announced that the European Commission was preparing to introduce new rules for the EU members, because now, all decisions are made unanimously, i.e. by the consensus of all EU member states. Certain decisions, for example, require that at least 55 percent of the Member States covering at least 65 per cent of the EU’s total population give their approval.

“I will always be inclined towards having the existing members states making a unanimous decision regarding a country becoming a full-fledged member of the EU. However, when it comes to smaller steps on this path to the EU membership during the accession negotiations, we would like to propose that no unanimous decisions are needed. Rather, we would have a qualified majority in the EU Council make a decision”, said Hahn during this week’s Western Balkans Summit in London, add that everything was still in the discussion phase.

The Vecernji List further adds that the reason for contemplating changing the rules is the past experience that certain countries had to go through. In particular, there is Croatia’s example which attempted to block Serbia’s accession negotiations on the topic of transitional measures in Chapter 23 (the judiciary).

The final decision on the admission of new members, however, would still be made exclusively by all Member States, which means that each state has the right of veto.

(Vecernje Novosti, 12.07.2018)

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