Do we have a qualified majority? It's always been difficult to check whether the Council of the European Union has reached the qualified majority it needs to adopt an act. Since November 2014, qualified majority voting at the Council needs at least 55% of the member states comprising 65% of the population to be in agreement. Answering this question has just been made easy thanks to the Council's voting calculator app. In just a few clicks you can check the final result of a Council vote.
Designed for anyone who needs to quickly check a potential voting result for the Council of the EU, the voting calculator app verifies in three easy steps if an act can be adopted:
1) Choose a voting rule
Most often, the Council of the EU votes by qualified majority but it actually uses four different sets of voting rules to adopt decisions. From a drop-down menu, you can choose the voting rule to run your simulation.
2) Set the member states participating in the vote
Usually, all EU member states take part in a vote, however, the EU treaties foresee areas for closer cooperation and offer opt-outs in certain policies. In your voting simulation, you can exclude EU member states from taking part in the vote, if required by the rules.
3) Set the votes for each country and verify the final result
Each country can vote in favour, against or abstain. By default, for each simulation all EU member states are marked as voting yes, so you only need to change the vote of those voting against or abstaining. The final result then shows you if an act can be adopted or not.
The voting calculator app is a must-have for anyone following meetings of the Council of the EU, its working parties or Coreper. The voting calculator makes it easy to check if a qualified majority has been reached, anytime, anywhere.