Wednesday, May 4, 2011
After several months of lobbying, the United Nations (UN) has granted greater powers to the European Union (EU). The EU used to only have observer status at the UN. But the UN General Assembly voted 180-0 (with 2 abstentions) in favor of a resolution on Tuesday that gives the EU almost all the same rights as a Member State, including the right to speak, the right to make proposals and submit amendments, the right of reply, the right to raise points of order and the right to circulate documents. The resolution also paves the way for other regional blocs with observer status to request similar rights. The regional representatives will not have voting rights and will not be able to put forward candidates for UN offices. Additional seats will be added to the General Assembly to accomodate the regional representatives.