EU Member States’ voting requirements in international environmental conventions

In this briefing, ClientEarth's lawyers examine the voting rights and duties of EU Member States in relation to international agreements.

In particular it explores whether there is a legal justification for requiring EU Member States who are signatories to international environmental agreements to abstain from a vote on a decision in a meeting of the parties of the international conventions because of the EU law principle of sincere cooperation. It concludes that a rule requiring EU Member States to abstain from voting on decisions in international agreements where a minority of states does not agree with the majority’s opinion, has no basis in EU law.

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Published April 20, 2010
Found in OceansRule of law