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MEPs call for downgrading of ministerial councils

A European Parliament committee has voted in favour of a report calling for member state governments’ involvement in EU decision-making to be reduced to a single body.

The report calls for a reform of member state representation, to move away from the current system in which government ministers have decision-making powers at EU level regarding policy areas under their national responsibility. Instead it proposes that a single representative body would make decisions, with specialised bodies doing only preparatory work.

It also calls for the Parliament to be given equal footing with member states as co-legislators, with co-decision powers for foreign and security policy and budgets, and for the European Commission to be made substantially smaller. There should be only two Commission vice-presidents, with responsibility for finance and foreign policy, it says.

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