The Treaty of Lisbon Enters into Force

The newest revision of the founding treaties – the Treaty of Lisbon, has entered into force. This is a good day for the European integration after a very difficult period of debate.

So what will change now?

  • Few main changes may be outlined:
  • The European Union becomes a legal entity;
  • The three pillars (European Community, Foreign and Security Policy, Justice and Home Affairs) are merged together;
  • A new rule of double qualified majority in the Council (from 2014);
  • Co-decision becomes the ordinary legislative procedure;
  • Early-warning system allows national parliaments of the Member States to indicate when the subsidiarity principle may have been violated;
  • Creation of the post of President of the European Council (for 2.5 years);
  • Creation of a High Representative of the Union for Foreign
  • Affairs and Security Policy who is also a Vice-president of the Commission;
  • Right of citizens’ initiative, etc.

During the next few days I will attempt to summarize more information about the most important reforms.

 

2 responses to “The Treaty of Lisbon Enters into Force

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  2. The newest revision of the founding treaties – the Treaty of Lisbon, has entered into force. This is a good day for the European integration after a very difficult period of debate.
    Period of Debate?
    Debate by whom?
    As a UK Citizen I was never asked nor where the 60 or so million people of my country wether they wished to become ‘Europen Citizens’ in a European Superstate.
    The Citizens of the UK understood that a trade union was what was proposed not that their country would be handed over lock stock and barrel to a faceless unelected entity.
    The fact the the people of My country have been robbed of their rights as citizens and as employers of their government in fact have been robbed of their soverignity is a problem that I assure you will not go away.
    I personally and I am sure the majority of the Citizens of the UK do not want to be part of the EU but we have a corrupt government that deny the people of our country the right to referendum not that it would do much good as the folks of Ireland dicovered.
    The wishes of the people when they vote against EU policy is just disregarded.
    The EU until it displays democracy will have no respect from the citizens of many of ita members countries.
    And I fear will eventually lead to its failure.

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