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Unanimity

The term "unanimity" means the requirement for all the Member States meeting within the Council to be in agreement before a proposal can be adopted.

Since the Single European Act, the scope of the voting procedure for unanimity has become more and more restricted. The Lisbon Treaty again increases the number of areas where qualified majority voting in the Council will apply. However, a restricted number of policies judged to be sensitive shall remain subject to unanimity voting, specifically taxation, social security or social protection, the accession of new States to the European Union, foreign and common defence policy and operational police cooperation between the Member States.

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