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  • The issue was the so-called "passerelle" clauses which permit the European Council to abolish the few surviving national vetoes, on issues such as taxation and defence, and allow them to be decided by qualified majority voting.


  • Now, it has the so-called "passerelle" clause, or self-amending mechanism.

    British Blogs

  • For that reason, although Lisbon as a whole is okay, some of its provisions - in particular the new simplified procedure for amending the EU Treaties and the "passerelle" clauses by which member states will be able to give up the veto and move to qualified majority voting without specific Treaty amendment - can only be relied on constitutionally if both houses of the German Parliament, Bundestag and Bundesrat, give specific assent to their use.

    German Constitutional Court approves Lisbon - with provisos

  • The most striking is Article 48, universally known by its French nickname, the passerelle clause.

    How the Irish Can Save Civilization (Again)

  • The passerelle clause is not the only evidence in the treaty of a post-democratic mindset.

    How the Irish Can Save Civilization (Again)

  • Maybe the country will be inflamed every day by discussion of passerelle clauses and competencies.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • Mark @ 10.55 am: the EU is moving precisely nowhere on the JHA passerelle at the moment, as the Germans won't have it.

    Bye Bye Lord Falconer

  • Also known by the "colleagues" as the passerelle (literally, a footbridge - hence the title and illustration), this is a provision in the "reform" treaty which allows the European Union to revise parts of the treaties without having to go through the trauma of an Intergovernmental Conference (IGC).

    A footbridge to power

  • Reflecting on the whimsical sense of humour of the "colleagues", therefore, in calling this a passerelle, one might think it is more like a two-lane by-pass.

    A footbridge to power

  • Fortunately for the "colleagues" though, there is a mechanism in the treaty to resolve it, the so-called "passerelle" or "ratchet" clause.

    Archive 2007-08-01


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  • 1883 M. K. WADDINGTON Let. 23 June in Lett. Diplomat's Wife (1903) i. 129 The Captain..came to get us to stand on the passerelle with him and see the approach to Helsingfors.

    June 23, 2008