Argument: Lisbon Treaty makes EU decision-making more efficient and effective

Issue Report: EU constitution reform treaty (Lisbon Treaty)


“Treaty of Lisbon. The Treaty at a glance”. Europa. – A more efficient Europe, with simplified working methods and voting rules, streamlined and modern institutions for a EU of 27 members and an improved ability to act in areas of major priority for today’s Union.

Effective and efficient decision-making: qualified majority voting in the Council will be extended to new policy areas to make decision-making faster and more efficient. From 2014 on, the calculation of qualified majority will be based on the double majority of Member States and people, thus representing the dual legitimacy of the Union.A double majority will be achieved when a decision is taken by 55% of the Member States representing at least 65% of the Union’s population.