Censure

Censure in Europe

Description of Censure

The Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union describes censure in the following terms: [1] Under the Treaty of Rome, the European Parliament has the right to force the Commission to resign en bloc on a motion of censure carried by a two-thirds voting majority, representing an absolute majority of all MEPs. It was long assumed that the Parliament would never use this nuclear option, but in 1999, following a devastating report on nepotism, negligence and corruption within the Commission under the presidency of Jacques Santer, all the Commissioners resigned rather than face dismissal. The Parliament has no right of censure against individual Commissioners.

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Notas y References

  1. Based on the book “A Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union from Aachen to Zollverein”, by Rodney Leach (Profile Books; London)

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