Verhofstadt Launches Blistering Attack on EU Unanimity Rule
Belgian MEP Slams Current Veto Powers as Block Expansion Looms
In a fiery denouncement of the existing protocols governing decision-making within the European Union, Guy Verhofstadt, a prominent Belgian MEP, has declared an urgent necessity to abolish the veto rights currently enjoyed by member states. This bold proposition surfaces amidst fervent discussions surrounding the anticipated enlargement of the union.
Verhofstadt lambasted the prevailing unanimity rule that necessitates agreement from all 27 member nations before sanctioning any resolutions in critical areas such as foreign policy and taxation. He warned that retaining this rule would cripple the Commission, rendering it “totally unworkable” if the membership swelled to 35 nations.
The outspoken MEP insisted that opening negotiations with potential member countries should go hand in hand with initiating serious deliberations on treaty modifications. This sentiment echoes the recent remarks made by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen during her State of the Union address at the European Parliament, where she vocalised her support for reforms aimed at improving the EU’s functionality for its citizens.
Despite acknowledging the potential necessity for treaty changes facilitated through a European Convention, Ms von der Leyen stressed that enlargement ventures should not be stalled to accommodate these adjustments. The issue of setting a definitive timeline for the inclusion of new members has become a hotbed of dispute, particularly following the rejection by President von der Leyen of European Council President Charles Michel’s suggestion of a 2030 deadline.
At present, eight nations – Turkey, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Moldova, Ukraine, and Bosnia and Herzegovina – are vying for EU membership, intensifying the debate over establishing a finite timeline for their accession.