The Reverse Majority Voting under the ‘Six Pack’: A Bad Turn for the Union?
Article first published online: 25 APR 2013
© 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
European Law Journal
Volume 20, Issue 2, pages 186–203, March 2014
How to Cite
Palmstorfer, R. (2014), The Reverse Majority Voting under the ‘Six Pack’: A Bad Turn for the Union?. European Law Journal, 20: 186–203. doi: 10.1111/eulj.12034
- Issue published online: 12 MAR 2014
- Article first published online: 25 APR 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: DEC 2012
- Manuscript Received: JUN 2012
The ‘six-pack,’ a set of six Union legislative acts that was adopted in November 2011, was one of the main Union responses to the current sovereign debt crisis. Aware of the weak performance of the Stability and Growth Pact and of the underlying design faults of the Treaty provisions on the coordination of Member States' economic policies, in particular the multilateral surveillance procedure (Art 121 TFEU) and the excessive deficit procedure (Article 126 TFEU), the legislators were determined to strengthen the means of surveillance in this policy field. One step considered necessary to achieve this end was the introduction of reverse majority voting in the Council when the latter has to adopt, for example, sanctions in above procedures. This article will examine whether this voting method is compatible with the Treaties.