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EU Reform: Climate Change

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of how changes to qualified majority voting in the European reform treaty would affect the ability of the UK and the EU to promote the environment and fight climate change. (156138)

Energy policy will move to qualified majority voting (QMV) in the reform treaty, making it easier to liberalise energy markets and improve energy security. More open markets will promote energy efficiency and allow consumers greater choice—which should reward green technologies.

This will make it easier to achieve targets agreed at the spring European Council.

Energy is an example of where the reform treaty moves to QMV can unlock decision-making in Britain's interests.