EU Law

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 3rd July 2015.

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Photo of David Nuttall David Nuttall Conservative, Bury North

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times the procedure provided for in Council Decision 2009/857/EC on the implementation of Article 16(4) of the Treaty on European Union has been invoked in each of the years since that Decision entered force; what the concerns of the member states that invoked the procedure were in each such case; and how those concerns were met in the final decision taken in each such case.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

The purpose of Council Decision 2009/857/EC on the implementation of Article 16(4) of the Treaty on European Union is to allow Member States that are close to but do not constitute a blocking minority to request that the Council defer adoption of a measure for a period of time to allow for further discussions with a view to resolving the concerns that they have raised. It came into effect with the introduction of the changed system of calculating a Qualified Majority on 1 November 2014. Although the Government does not keep data on this provision, to the best of our knowledge it has not been invoked.

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