Ireland Pressured to Decide in September on the Lisbon Treaty

This was expected. Euractiv says that Ireland has been pressured by other EU member states to speed up preparations for a second referendum on the Treaty of Lisbon. Member states have Abandoned initial plans to extend the Commission’s mandate, and now want to enable the new EU executive to be appointed in October under the terms of the Lisbon Treaty.

I was quite skeptical of the legal basis for extension of the Commission mandate, and obviously the implications of the Nice Treaty are better understood now.

4 responses to “Ireland Pressured to Decide in September on the Lisbon Treaty

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  2. It seems that European democracy is based on getting the electorate (those that are allowed to vote) to keep voting until they get it right.

    • Вихър Георгиев

      Dear Ronan,

      I cannot understate my respect for democratic principles. However, a reform of EU institutions simply cannot happen if Member States decline to ratify a text they have ALREADY signed under.

      The issue is very complicated indeed; and you can trust me – I have probably read everything worth reading about entry into force of international agreements. I cannot refute demands for referendums, but in the European Union we leave that choice to Member States themselves.

      That being said, I can assure you that the current primary Community law leaves much more decision-making out of the reach of democratic control. That means that with the Treaty of Lisbon we will have more opportunities to have our voices heard in Brussels. If you want me to, I can provide extensive analysis proving that claim.

  3. “I cannot understate my respect for democratic principles. However, a reform of EU institutions simply cannot happen if Member States decline to ratify a text they have ALREADY signed under.”

    Vihar,

    Apparently your respect for democratic principles is predicated on you getting your way with Europe. Explain how ignoring the Irish vote (whether you like it or not) by presenting the exact same treaty less than fifteen months after the first referendum is in any way democratic? If the objective of getting better democracy for Europe is to be achieved by a corruption of the democratic process here in my country, then I will play no part in it nor should anyone who wishes to defend democracy. Democracy is not lost over night, but incrementally. Each unchallenged dent put in it’s hull adds up to an eventual catastrophe. Democracy is about respecting the vote of the electorate, once that is lost where is your democracy?
    Your request for me to ‘trust you’ because you are learned and well read in these affairs is remarkably similar to our Taoiseach’s view here, except in his case, despite exhorting us all to vote for the treaty, he had to admit when cornered by a journalist on national airwaves, that he hadn’t even read it.
    I am not arguing here for a yes or no, merely for the respect of the vote of the Irish electorate not more than fifteen months ago.
    If you truly believe in democracy it is the least you should do even if it doesn’t suit your own agenda. It’s what the concept of democracy is all about. Or maybe Europe has a new directive on that also?
    Regards,
    Ronan

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