EC plans to scrap national vetoes

The European Commission (EC) is pressing for an end to national vetoes over changes to parts of the EU’s founding treaties, as member states prepare to launch the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) in Rome on 4 October, convened to approve the EU’s first formal constitution.

The Treaty of Rome and its updates, such as the Treaties of Maastricht and Nice, have all increased the powers of EU institutions and weakened the ability of governments to block measures.

So far member states have all had vetoes over any changes to these founding treaties. But the EC wants to introduce majority voting within the European Council for future changes to Part III of the constitution that sets in stone the policies of the EU, such as the right to work in any member state.