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minority is the number of votes needed on the EU Council of Ministers to block a decision requiring to be made by qualified majority voting. Prior to November 2014 in the EU 28 a blocking minority required 93 votes of the 352 votes in the
Council. A qualified majority required 260 of 352
The Lisbon Treaty introduced a radical reform regarding voting in the Council with the so-called “double majority” from 1 November 2014. First, an approval requires 55% of the member states, which meant 15 of the then 28 members, and second,that 55% of the states must also represent 65% of the total EU population.
A blocking minority can thus be established by little more than 45% of the member states or by countries representing at least 35% of the member states as long as there is a minimum of four states.
For proposals not coming from the Commission or the Foreign Minister there must be 72% of member states behind them - which means a blocking minority of a little more than 28% of member states.
This new voting system gives the biggest member states much stronger voting power in the Council of Ministers than the previous system.
The Union's decision-making procedure http://europa.eu/scadplus/cons......titution/doublemajority_en.htm
See also Voting in the Council.