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A Union that Delivers

Making Use of the Lisbon Treaty’s Passerelle Clauses
14 January 2019

The unprecedented speed of societal, technological and geopolitical change today means EU policymaking needs to become more responsive and agile. With its ‘passerelle’ clauses, the Lisbon Treaty allows for a transition to more effective modes of decision-making in areas such as Common Foreign and Security Policy, taxation and social policy, which are central to addressing some of the world’s biggest societal challenges. The EU should not waste the opportunity to better equip itself for demanding times ahead. Shifting to qualified majority voting in selected areas would not only result in more effective decisions but also strengthen the EU as a global actor.

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