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EU General Affairs Council Discusses Switch from Unanimity to Qualified Majority Voting — Orbitax Tax News & Alerts

The EU General Affairs Council met on 20 September 2022 to discuss various issues, including a switch from unanimity to qualified majority voting. According to a release on the meeting, the discussion focused on the possible use of passerelle clauses included in the EU treaties to make such a switch. Various views were offered on the issue of the extension of qualified majority voting in the Council by using passerelle clauses, with most of the ministers open to considering the use of passerelle clauses in certain fields, on a case-by-case basis. Several ministers also pointed out that further assessment was needed before they could express a detailed position on this issue or take a decision.

Although not mentioned in the release, a switch to qualified majority voting has long been sought in order to expedite the introduction of tax measures in the EU, such as the proposal for a global minimum tax that has been held up by one Member State, Hungary.