EU-Russia energy deal hinges on political will

By The Wildcat 16 June 2017
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The Council of the EU will vote on whether to allow negotiations. (Council of the EU) The Council of the EU will vote on whether to allow negotiations. (Council of the EU)

The European Commission wants to push through a separate legal framework for Russian energy infrastructure and has asked the member states in the Council of the EU for a mandate to start negotiations. But whether it will get one remains an open question.

The council will make its decision by qualified majority voting, which means that not all 28 member states will have to back the mandate. If 16 countries vote in favour – and those 16 represent at least 65% of the EU’s population – then that will be enough as long as the European Parliament also endorses it. 

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