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.