Members of the European Parliament at the plenary session in Strasbourg, announced the European Union to abandon unanimous decision-making on foreign policy and security issues, and content itself with a majority of votes, in order to speed up agreement on issues such as imposing sanctions on third countries.
“The approval of the sixth package of EU sanctions against Russia was further confirmation that it is necessary to review the decision-making process in the Council of the European Union,” a statement from the European Parliament said.
The statement added: “We need the political will to take foreign policy decisions through qualified majority voting. This would increase the effectiveness of the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy.”
Voting on sanctions issues also requires a unanimous decision by all EU member states.