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Reinforced qualified majority

When the Council acts without a Commission Proposal or one from the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy being necessary (in the fields of police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters), the qualified majority must include at least two thirds of the Member States. The provisions of the Lisbon Treaty regarding qualified majority voting shall enter into force on 1 November 2014. The reinforced qualified majority should therefore comprise at least 72% of the members of the Council and 65% of the population of the Union.

This provision conveys the idea that the Commission safeguards the general interest and so when a decision is taken without a Commission proposal, the general interest is less assured. It is therefore necessary to gather together a larger majority than usual in favour of this proposal. 

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