At the meeting, the ministers agreed that if EU Member States wanted to oppose a measure, but could not provide sufficient support for its blocking, they could ask the Council of Bloc Member States to “do everything in its power within a reasonable time to reach a satisfactory solution” acceptable to a qualified majority. Norway finally decided not to join the Union and the Gentlemen`s Agreement remained little more than a strange annex to the EU decision-making process. It was replaced by the Treaty of Nice in 2000, which established new voting rules for the EU before ten new Member States joined in 2004. Poland`s struggle for the right to vote revives Ioannina The “Ioannina compromise” is one of the most debated and perhaps least understood issues in the ongoing negotiations on the reform treaty. The term was coined after an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers in 1994 in Ioannina, a Greek town north of Athens. Overall, the Ioannina compromise is a gentlemen`s agreement, an emergency pause or brake designed to reassure some Member States that other EU Member States will reduce transactions that they strongly respect. Ioannina gives countries a break to find a solution The Ioannina compromise (also written by Joanina) takes its name from an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers held on 27 March 1994 in the Greek city of Ioannina. The initial compromise was lost when the EU signed the bulk of Nice, when a country feels that its vital interests are threatened, but that it is not possible to find a blocking minority, the decision is delayed, while an attempt is made to find a satisfactory solution. The Ioannina mechanism was first proposed when the foreign ministers of the then 15-member union were summoned to discuss how voting rules should change when Norway joined the EU.
Poland is a big fan, although it wants to continue, and yet it has only been called once to settle a dispute over sardines. What exactly is the Ioannina compromise and why is it so important for the Treaty on the European Union? Polish brothers Kaczynski want more power for Ioannina`s delaying tactic Article 16 of the Treaty on European Union introduces a new definition of the qualified majority rule, which will apply from 1 November 2014. However, between this date and 31 March 2017, it will be possible for each EU country to require the application of the current weighting rules. It will also be possible to apply the “Ioannina compromise.” This will allow countries representing at least three quarters of the EU population or at least three quarters of the number of EU countries that must constitute a blocking minority to oppose the vote of a Council act by qualified majority in order to find a solution within a reasonable time. As of April 1, 2017, the new qualified majority rule will become mandatory. The activation percentage of the “Ioannina compromise” is reduced to at least 55% of the EU population, or at least 55% of the number of EU countries that must constitute a blocking minority.