By Maya Lester QC & Michael O’Kane

EU Commission proposes Qualified Majority Voting for sanctions

Last month, the EU Commission recommended the introduction of Qualified Majority Voting (QMV) instead of unanimity in (inter alia) sanctions policy, on the grounds that requiring unanimity “slows down progress and in some cases prevents the EU from adjusting to changing realities”. Two EU sanctions regimes (Belarus and Venezuela) were given as examples to “demonstrate that unanimous voting in the...

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Maya Lester QC is a senior barrister (Queen’s Counsel) at Brick Court Chambers with a wide-ranging practice in public law, European law, competition law, international law, human...

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