Removing unanimity rule would be a ‘big mistake’ and is the next step towards a federal Europe, warns Polish MEP

According to MEP Zbigniew Kuźmiuk, dropping the right of veto is a cynical game of dominant countries in the EU such as Germany and France

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A view of different flags of the European Union Members Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France. (Ronald Wittek, Pool Photo via AP)

EU plans to remove the unanimity rule are dangerous and would lead to an even greater domination of the bloc by larger member states, an MEP from the Law and Justice (PiS) ruling party in Poland has warned.

Zbigniew Kuźmiuk addressed the announcement by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in which she claimed “unanimity voting in some key areas simply no longer makes sense if we want to be able to move faster.”

In an interview by Polish Radio 24, Kuźmiuk stated that he is not surprised von der Leyen’s stance, but claimed that a drop in the rule of unanimity “would be the EU’s big mistake and undermine its foundations.”

The Polish MEP explained that current issues, such as Russian sanctions or treaty changes, require approval of all members. “This makes, at least in theory, all countries equal and brutal pressure cannot be used on them,” pointed out Kuźmiuk.

He added that dropping this rule would mean “a total domination of the largest countries, such as Germany or France.”

Kuźmiuk claimed the topic of removing unanimity did not appear just now by accident. According to him, the West has shown its willingness to accept Ukraine into the EU, but in return it wants to implement measures that will make dictating its terms easier.

“Dominant countries want to cynically use the situation of danger in Europe for their own individual goals,” he continued, warning that it is “the next step towards the federalization of the EU community.”

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