Speech by Michel Barnier on the extension of qualified-majority voting (Strasbourg, 14 March 2000)

In a speech given on 14 March 2000, Michel Barnier, Member of the European Commission, explains the reasons for the additional contribution of the Commission to its opinion of 26 January 2000 on the extension of qualified-majority voting. In particular, Mr Barnier clarifies the criteria governing the move to qualified?majority voting in sensitive areas such as tax and social security, and clears up the confusion between a ‘transfer of powers’ and a ‘change in the decision?making process’.

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Source: Michel Barnier European Commissioner responsible for Regional Policy and the Intergovernmental Conference. Additional contribution by the Commission to the IGC: Qualified-majority voting for aspects connected with the Single Market in the fields of tax and social security European Parliament Strasbourg, 14 March 2000. [ON-LINE]. [s.l.]: European Commission, [30.07.2003]. SPEECH/00/83. Available on http://europa.eu.int/rapid/start/cgi/guestfr.ksh?p_action.getfile=gf&doc=SPEECH/00/83|0|AGED&lg=EN&type=PDF.

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