At the EU Leaders’ Summit held in Brussels last week, the Western Balkan countries’ candidacy status was attached to the Bulgarian veto, which started a discussion. While these discussions were going on, a request for a change in the Union’s decision-making mechanism was received from the EU High Representative for Foreign Relations and Security Policy, Josep Borrell. Borrell stated that at a time when the EU’s enlargement is on the agenda again, it should abandon the principle of unanimity, which prevents it from taking important decisions.
Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union (EU) Foreign Relations and Security Policy, wrote a blog post in light of the results of the EU leaders’ summit held last week. Borrell stated that at a time when the EU’s enlargement is on the agenda again, it should abandon the principle of unanimity, which prevents it from taking important decisions.
Stating that the enlargement of the EU is again at the top of the agenda, Borrell said, “While reviving the enlargement of the EU, we should make a similar effort to reform the EU and our decision-making mechanism. Because an enlarged EU should be able to act comfortably. This is also foreign policy and other issues. Narrowing the scope of the rule of unanimity in areas also means taking more decisions with qualified majority votes.
ATTENTION TO THE NON-UNITY IN RUSSIA SANCTIONS
Borrell emphasized that it is not ‘a favor or a concession’ that the EU grants the necessary status to countries willing to join the Union and fulfill the conditions. It is a geostrategic investment in peace, stability, security and economic growth in Turkey.
Borrell pointed out that it took the EU one month to accept the 6th package of sanctions against Russia at the end of May, but that some of the items agreed in the Council (such as the sanction against Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church) could not be reflected in the final package. “We experienced similar dynamics at the start of the negotiations, with one country (Bulgaria) blocking a decision that everyone else could accept,” he said.
Borrell underlined that the unanimity system has negative consequences for the credibility and effectiveness of the EU.
THE EUROPEAN POLITICAL COMMUNITY MAY ALSO INCLUDE ENGLAND, NORWAY AND SWITZERLAND
Borrell stated that French President Emmanuel Macron’s “European Political Community” idea was accepted by all leaders at the summit.
“A European Political Community can enable candidate countries to participate immediately in various EU policies,” Borrell said. used the phrases.