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At the meeting of the "European Council in October 2007, Portugal insisted that the Treaty (then called the 'Reform Treaty') be signed in "Lisbon, the Portuguese capital. This request was granted, and the Treaty was thus to be called the Treaty of Lisbon, in line with the tradition of European Union treaties. The Portuguese presidency was appointed to the job of organising the programme for a signing ceremony.
The signing of the Treaty of Lisbon took place in Lisbon, Portugal on 13 December 2007. The "Government of Portugal, by virtue of holding "Presidency of the Council of the European Union at the time, arranged a ceremony inside the 15th century "Jerónimos Monastery, the same place Portugal's treaty of accession to the European Union (EU) was signed in 1985. Representatives from the 27 EU "member states were present, and signed the Treaty as "plenipotentiaries, marking the end of treaty negotiations. In addition, for the first time an EU treaty was also signed by the presidents of the three main EU institutions.
Prime Minister "Gordon Brown of the United Kingdom did not take part in the main ceremony, and instead signed the treaty separately a number of hours after the other delegates. A requirement to appear before a committee of British MPs was cited as the reason for his absence.
Approval by the European Parliament
The European Parliament voted in favour of a non-binding resolution endorsing the Lisbon Treaty by 525 votes in favour and 115 against on 20 February 2008 on the basis of an analysis of the treaty's implications by the Parliament's "rapporteurs "Richard Corbett and "Inigo Mendez de Vigo. They had been the Parliament's rapporteurs on the constitutional treaty.
All EU member states had to ratify the Treaty before it could enter into law. A national ratification was completed and registered when the instruments of ratification were lodged with the Government of Italy. The month following the deposition of the last national ratification saw the Treaty enter into force across the EU.
Under the original timetable set by the German "Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2007, the Treaty was initially scheduled to be fully ratified by the end of 2008, thus entering into force on 1 January 2009. This plan failed however, primarily due to the "initial rejection of the Treaty in 2008 by the "Irish electorate in a referendum, a decision which was reversed in a "second referendum in October 2009. "Ireland, as required by "its constitution, was the only member state to hold referendums on the Treaty. In the UK, the "European Union (Amendment) Bill was debated in the House of Commons on 21 January 2008, and passed its second reading that day by a vote of 362 to 224; Prime Minister "Gordon Brown was absent that day; the Bill was proposed to the Commons by "David Miliband. The Czech instrument of ratification was the last to be deposited in Rome on 13 November 2009. Therefore, the Treaty of Lisbon entered into force on 1 December 2009.
The exact impact of the treaty on the functioning of the EU left many questions open (uncertainties which have led to calls for another new treaty in response to the economic crisis in the late 2000s). When its impact is assessed, the biggest winners from Lisbon have been Parliament, with its increase in power, and the European Council. The first months under Lisbon have arguably seen a shift in power and leadership from the Commission, the traditional motor of integration, to the European Council with its new full-time and longer-term President. The split between the Commission and European Council presidents involved overlap, potential rivalry and unwieldy compromises, such as both presidents attending international summits, in theory each with their own responsibilities, but inevitably with a considerable grey area. There was some expectation that the posts may be merged, as allowed under new treaty, in 2014 when their two mandates expired.
Parliament has used its greater powers over legislation, but also for example over the appointment of the Commission to gain further privileges from President Barroso and it used its budgetary powers as a veto over how the External Action Service should be set up. It also applied its new power over international agreements to rapidly block the SWIFT data sharing deal with the US and threatened to do so over a "free trade agreement with "South Korea.
Like the Commission, the Council of ministers has, relatively, lost power due to Treaty of Lisbon. Its dynamic has also changed as member states have lost their veto in a number of areas. Consequently, they have had to come up with stronger arguments faster in order to win a vote. The Presidency of the Council, which continues to rotate among Member States every 6 months, has lost influence: the Prime minister of the country in question no longer chairs the European Council, its foreign minister no longer represents the EU externally (that is now done by the High Representative).
As an amending treaty, the Treaty of Lisbon is not intended to be read as an autonomous text. It consists of a number of amendments to the "Treaty on European Union ("Maastricht Treaty") and the "Treaty establishing the European Community ("Treaty of Rome"), the latter renamed 'Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union' in the process. As amended by the Treaty of Lisbon, the Treaty on European Union provides a reference to the EU's "Charter of Fundamental Rights, making that document legally binding. The Treaty on European Union, the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and the Charter of Fundamental rights thus have equal legal value and combined constitute the European Union's legal basis.
A typical amendment in Treaty of Lisbon text is:
|“||Article 7 shall be amended as follows:
(a) throughout the Article, the word "assent" shall be replaced by "consent", the reference to breach "of principles mentioned in Article 6(1)" shall be replaced by a reference to breach "of the values referred to in Article 2" and the words "of this Treaty" shall be replaced by "of the Treaties";
The Commission has published a consolidated text (in each community language) which shows the previous Treaties as revised by the Treaty of Lisbon.
Fundamental Rights Charter
The fifty-five articles of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union enshrine certain political, social, and economic rights for both "European Union citizens and residents, into "EU law. It was drafted by the "European Convention and solemnly proclaimed on 7 December 2000 by the "European Parliament, the "Council of Ministers and the "European Commission. However its then legal status was uncertain and it did not have full legal effect until the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty on 1 December 2009.
In the rejected "Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe the charter was integrated as a part of the treaty itself. In the Lisbon Treaty, however, the charter is incorporated by reference and given legal status without forming part of the treaties. The EU must act and legislate consistently with the Charter and the "EU's courts will strike down EU legislation which contravenes it. The Charter only applies to "EU member states as regards their implementation of EU law and does not extend the competences of the EU beyond its competences as defined in "the treaties.
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The European Central Bank gained the official status of being an EU institution, and the "European Council was given the right to appoint "presidents of the European Central Bank through a "qualified majority vote. On a related topic, the "euro became the official currency of the Union (though not affecting opt-outs or the process of "Eurozone enlargement).
Under the Treaty of Lisbon, the Court of First Instance has been renamed the "General Court. The "Civil Service Tribunal and the "European Court of Justice (formerly named the Court of Justice of the European Communities, and formally called only Court of Justice after the Treaty of Lisbon), along with the General Court, were established as sub-courts of a new EU institution named the "Court of Justice of the European Union.
The jurisdiction of the courts continued to be excluded from matters of foreign policy, though new jurisdiction to review foreign policy sanction measures, as well as certain '"Area of Freedom, Security and Justice' (AFSJ) matters not concerning policing and criminal cooperation, were added.
Council of Ministers
The treaty has expanded the use of "qualified majority voting (QMV) in the Council of Ministers by having it replace unanimity as the standard "voting procedure in almost every policy area outside taxation and foreign policy. Moreover, taking effect in 2014, the definition of a qualified majority has changed: a qualified majority is reached when at least 55% of all member states, who comprise at least 65% of EU citizens, vote in favour of a proposal. When the Council of Ministers is acting neither on a proposal of the Commission nor on one of the High Representative, QMV requires 72% of the member states while the population requirement remains the same. However, the "blocking minority" that corresponds to these figures must comprise at least 4 countries. Hence, the voting powers of the member states are based on their population, and are no longer dependent on a negotiable system of voting points. The reform of "qualified majority voting (QMV) in the "Council was one of the main issues in the negotiation of the Lisbon Treaty.
The earlier rules for QMV, set in the Treaty of Nice and applying until 2014, required a majority of countries (50% / 67%),["clarification needed] voting weights (74%), and population (62%). Between 2014 and 2017 a transitional phase is taking place where the new QMV rules apply, but where the old Nice treaty voting weights can be applied when a member state formally requests it. Moreover, from 2014 a new version of the 1994 ""Ioannina compromise" allows small minorities of EU states to call for re-examination of EU decisions.
The treaty instructs that Council deliberations on legislation (that include debate and voting) will be held in public (televised), as was already the case in the European Parliament.
The "Presidency of the Council of Ministers, rotates among member states every six months, with a "Trio" formed by three consecutive Presidencies in order to provide more continuity to their conduct. However, the "Foreign Affairs Council (one configuration of the Council of ministers), is no longer chaired by the representative of the member state holding the Presidency, but rather by the person holding the newly created post of "High Representative.
Additionally the "Euro Group sub-unit of "ECOFIN "Eurozone countries was formalized.
The "European Council officially gains the status of an EU institution, thus being separated from the Council of ministers. It continues to be composed of the "heads of state "or government of the Union's "member states along with the (nonvoting) "President of the European Commission and its own president.
The President of the European Council is appointed for a two and a half year term in a "qualified majority vote of the European Council. A president can be reappointed once, and be removed by the same voting procedure. Unlike the post of "President of the European Commission, the appointment of the President of the European Council does not have to reflect the composition of the "European Parliament. The president's work involves coordinating the work of the European Council, hosting its meetings and reporting its activities to the "European Parliament after each meeting. This makes the president the lynchpin of negotiations to find agreement at European Council meetings, which has become a more onerous task with successive enlargement of the EU to 28 Member States. The president also chairs informal summits of the 19 Member States which use the euro as their currency. Additionally, the president provides external representation to the Union on foreign policy and security matters when such representation is required at the level of heads of state or government (bilateral summits and G8/G20).
Under the Treaty of Lisbon, the European Council is charged with setting the strategic priorities of the Union, and in practice with handling crises. It has a key role in appointments, including the Commission, the "High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the members of the Board of the European Central Bank; the suspension of membership rights; changing the voting systems in the treaties bridging clauses. Under the emergency break procedure, a state may refer contentious legislation from the Council of ministers to the European Council if it is outvoted in the Council of ministers, notwithstanding that it may still be outvoted in the European Council.
The legislative power of the "European Parliament increases, as the "codecision procedure with the Council of the EU is extended to almost all areas of policy. This procedure is slightly modified and renamed ordinary legislative procedure.
In the few remaining areas, called "special legislative procedures", Parliament now has either the right of consent to a Council of the EU measure, or vice versa, except in the few cases where the old "Consultation procedure still applies, wherein the Council of the EU will only need to consult the European Parliament before voting on the Commission proposal. Council is then not bound by the Parliament's position but only by the obligation to consult it. Parliament would need to be consulted again if the Council of ministers deviated too far from the initial proposal.
The Commission will have to submit each proposed "budget of the European Union directly to Parliament, which must approve the budget in its entirety.
The Treaty changes the way in which "MEP seats are apportioned among member states. Rather than setting out a precise number (as it was the case in every previous treaty), the Treaty of Lisbon gives the power to the Council of the EU, acting unanimously on the initiative of the Parliament and with its consent, to adopt a decision fixing the number of MEPs for each member state. Moreover, the treaty provides for the number of MEPs to be "degressively proportional to the number of citizens of each member state. A draft decision fixing the apportionment of MEPs was annexed to the treaty itself and had Lisbon been in force at the time of "2009 European Parliament elections the apportionment would have been: In the meantime, Croatia's seats, when it joins, will be supernumerary.
The number of MEPs will be limited to 750, in addition to the "President of the Parliament. Additionally, the Treaty of Lisbon will reduce the maximum number of MEPs from a member state from 99 to 96 (affects Germany) and increases the minimal number from 5 to 6 (affects Malta).
The Treaty of Lisbon expanded the role of Member States' parliaments in the legislative processes of the EU by giving them a prior scrutiny of legislative proposals before the Council and the Parliament can take a position. The Treaty of Lisbon provides for national parliaments "to contribute to the good functioning of the Union" through receiving draft EU legislation, seeing to it that the "principle of subsidiarity is respected, taking part in the evaluation mechanisms for the implementation of the Union policies in the "area of freedom, security and justice, being involved in the political monitoring of "Europol and the evaluation of "Eurojust's activities, being notified of applications for "EU accession, taking part in the inter-parliamentary cooperation between national parliaments and with the "European Parliament.
The Treaty of Lisbon allows national parliaments eight weeks to study legislative proposals made by the "European Commission and decide whether to send a reasoned opinion stating why the national parliament considers it to be incompatible with the principle of subsidiarity. National parliaments may vote to have the measure reviewed. If one third (or one quarter, where the proposed EU measure concerns freedom, justice and security) of national parliaments are in favour of a review, the Commission would have to review the measure and if it decides to maintain it, must give a reasoned opinion to the "Union legislator as to why it considers the measure to be compatible with subsidiarity.
The "Commission of the European Communities will officially be renamed European Commission.
The Treaty of Lisbon stated that the size of the Commission will reduce from one per member state to one for two thirds of member states from 2014, with an equal rotation over time. This would have ended the arrangement which has existed since 1957 of having at least one Commissioner for each Member State at all times. However, the Treaty also provided that the European Council could unanimously decide to alter this number. Following the first Irish referendum on Lisbon, the European Council decided in December 2008 to revert to one Commissioner per member state with effect from the date of entry into force of the Treaty.
The person holding the new post of High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy automatically becomes also a "Vice-President of the Commission.
|"Commission of the European Atomic Energy Community||"Commission of the European Communities||"European Commission|
|"High Authority of the European Coal and Steel Community|
|"Commission of the European Economic Community|
Foreign relations and security
In an effort to ensure greater coordination and consistency in EU foreign policy, the Treaty of Lisbon created a High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, "de facto merging the post of "High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the "European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy. The High Representative is "Vice-President of the Commission, the administrator of the "European Defence Agency but not the "Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers, which becomes a separate post. He or she has a right to propose defence or security missions. In the proposed constitution this post was called the Union Minister of Foreign Affairs.
The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy is in charge of an "External Action Service also created by the Treaty of Lisbon. This is essentially a common Foreign Office or Diplomatic Corps for the Union.
Under the Treaty of Lisbon, Member States should assist if a member state is subject to a terrorist attack or the victim of a natural or man-made disaster (but any joint military action is subject to the provisions of Article 31 of the consolidated Treaty of European Union, which recognises various national concerns). In addition, several provisions of the treaties have been amended to include solidarity in matters of energy supply and changes to the energy policy within the EU.
The treaty foresees that the "European Security and Defence Policy will lead to a common defence for the EU when the "European Council resolves unanimously to do so, and provided that all member states give their approval through their usual constitutional procedures. Additionally, the area of defence has become available to "enhanced co-operation, potentially allowing for a defence integration that excludes member states with policies of neutrality. Countries with significant military capabilities are envisioned to form a "Permanent Structured Cooperation in Defence.
Prior to the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon, the Union comprised a system of "three legal pillars, of which only the "European Communities pillar had its own "legal personality. The Treaty of Lisbon abolished this pillar system, and as a consolidated entity, the European Union succeeded the legal personality of the European Communities. Therefore, the EU is now able to sign international treaties in its own name. The European Union gained for example membership of the "World Trade Organization immediately after the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon, since the European Communities was already a member of that organisation.
EU evolution timeline
(protocol amending WUDO to become WEU)
(founded EEC and EURATOM)
(merging the legislative & administrative bodies of the 3 European communities)
(amended: EURATOM, ECSC, EEC)+
"Maastricht Treaty (TEU)
(amended: EURATOM, ECSC, and EEC to EC)+
(amended: EURATOM, ECSC, EC to also contain Schengen, and TEU where PJCC replaced JHA)
(amended with focus on institutional changes: EURATOM, ECSC, EC and TEU)
(abolished the 3 pillars and WEU by amending: EURATOM, EC=>TFEU, and TEU)
(founded EU as an overall legal unit with "bill of rights, and reformed governance structures & decision procedures)
|"Three pillars of the European Union:|
(with a single Commission & Council)
|"European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM)|
|"European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC)||Treaty expired in 2002||"European Union (EU)|
|"European Economic Community (EEC)||"European Community (EC)|
|"Terrorism, Radicalism, Extremism and Violence Internationally (TREVI)||"Justice & Home Affairs
|"Police and Judicial Co-operation in Criminal Matters (PJCC)|
|"European Political Cooperation (EPC)||"Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP)|
|"Western Union Defence Organization (WUDO)||"Western European Union (WEU)|
|Treaty terminated in 2011|
Defined policy areas
In the Lisbon Treaty the distribution of competences in various policy areas between Member States and the Union is explicitly stated in the following three categories:
|As outlined in Title I of Part I of the consolidated Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union|
Enlargement and secession
A proposal to enshrine the "Copenhagen Criteria for further enlargement in the treaty was not fully accepted as there were fears it will lead to "Court of Justice judges having the last word on who could join the EU, rather than political leaders.
The treaty introduces an "exit clause for members wanting to withdraw from the Union. This formalises the "procedure by stating that a member state must inform the "European Council before it can terminate its membership, and a withdrawal agreement would then be negotiated between the Union and that State, with the "Treaties ceasing to be applicable to that State from the date of the agreement or, failing that, within two years of the notification unless the State and the Council both agree to extend this period. There have been several instances where a territory has ceased to be part of the Community, e.g. "Greenland in 1985, though so far no member state has ever left. Before the Lisbon Treaty came into force, the question of whether a member state had a "legal right to leave the union was unclear. Following the "referendum of 23 June 2016, the British Prime Minister announced the government's intention of making the notification according to ("Article 50) by the end of March 2017.["needs update]
A new provision in the Treaty of Lisbon is that the status of French, Dutch and Danish overseas territories can be changed more easily, by no longer requiring a full treaty revision. Instead, the European Council may, on the initiative of the member state concerned, change the status of an "overseas country or territory (OCT) to an "outermost region (OMR) or vice versa. This provision was included on a proposal by the Netherlands, which was investigating the future of the "Netherlands Antilles and "Aruba in the European Union as part of an institutional reform process that was taking place in the Netherlands Antilles.["citation needed]
The Lisbon Treaty creates two different ways for further amendments of the European Union treaties: an ordinary revision procedure which is broadly similar to the present process in that it involves convening an intergovernmental conference, and a simplified revision procedure whereby Part three of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, which deals with Union policies and internal actions, could be amended by a unanimous decision of the "European Council subject to ratification by all member states in the usual manner.
The Treaty also provides for the "Passerelle Clause which allows the European Council to unanimously decide to move from unanimous voting to "qualified majority voting, and move from a "special legislative procedure to the "ordinary legislative procedure.
Ordinary revision procedure
- Proposals to amend the treaties are submitted by a Member State, the European Parliament or the European Commission to the Council of Ministers who, in turn, submit them to the European Council and notify member states. There are no limits on what kind of amendments can be proposed.
- The European Council, after consulting the European Parliament and the Commission, votes to consider the proposals on the basis of a simple majority, and then either:
- The President of the European Council convenes a convention containing representatives of national parliaments, governments, the European Parliament and the European Commission, to further consider the proposals. In due course, the convention submits its final recommendation to the European Council.
- Or the European Council decides, with the consent of the European Parliament, not to convene a convention, and set the terms of reference for the inter-governmental conference itself.
- The President of the European Council convenes an inter-governmental conference consisting of representatives of each member-state's government. The conference drafts and finalises a treaty based on the convention's recommendation or on the European Council's terms of reference.
- EU leaders sign the treaty.
- All member states must then ratify the treaty "in accordance with their respective constitutional requirements", if it is to come into force.
Simplified revision procedure
- Proposals to amend Part three of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union are submitted by a Member State, the European Parliament or the European Commission to the Council of Ministers who, in turn, submit them to the European Council and notify member states. Proposed amendments cannot increase the competences of the Union.
- The European Council, after consulting the European Parliament and the Commission, votes to adopt a decision amending Part three on the basis of the proposals by unanimity.
- All member states must approve the decision "in accordance with their respective constitutional requirements", if it is to come into force.
The "Passerelle Clause
The treaty also allows for the changing of voting procedures without amending the EU treaties. Under this clause the European Council can, after receiving the consent of the European Parliament, vote unanimously to:
- allow the Council of Ministers to act on the basis of qualified majority in areas where they previously had to act on the basis of unanimity. (This is not available for decisions with defence or military implications.)
- allow for legislation to be adopted on the basis of the ordinary legislative procedure where it previously was to be adopted on the basis of a special legislative procedure.
A decision of the European Council to use either of these provisions can only come into effect if, six months after all national parliaments had been given notice of the decision, none object to it.
United Kingdom opt-out for justice and home affairs
Under the former third pillar, the Council of Ministers could adopt measures relating to justice and home affairs. These laws did not come within the body of European Community law, and had only the optional jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. The Commission could not bring enforcement action against any member state for failing to implement or for failing to correctly implement third pillar measures.
The UK and Ireland have a flexible opt-out from justice and home affairs measures and could choose to participate in them on a case-by-case basis.
Under the Treaty of Lisbon, the limitations on the powers of the Court of Justice and the Commission would be lifted after a transitional period of five years which expired on 30 November 2014.
In order to avoid submitting to the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice and to enforcement actions by the Commission, the UK negotiated an opt-out which allows them the option of a block withdrawal from all third pillar measures they had previously chosen to participate in.
In October 2012 the UK government announced that it intended to exercise this opt-out and then selectively opt back into certain measures.
The use of this opt-out by the UK will not affect the UK's flexible opt-out from justice and home affairs measures, or Ireland's identical opt-out.
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After signature by all 27 Heads of State and governments, the Treaty will travel back to Brussels, where it will be officially sealed with the seals of the 27 Member States, on the 18th of December. Then, it will be sent to Rome, the Italian government being the depository of the Treaties.
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In the event, however, the Constitution and its successor, the Reform Treaty, pursued the centralizing course that had caused the democratic deficit in the first place. Additional competences are transferred to the EU...
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We can still have elections, but we cannot use our vote to change legislation in the many areas where the Union is given power to decide. It is a very, very long process to change an EU law under the Lisbon Treaty. The power to do this does not lie with the normal majority of voters. It also demands a great effort in a lot of countries to change a law.
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- Amended Article 240a, to become Article 275 TFEU
- Amended Article 240b, to become Article 276 TFEU
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- As the Lisbon treaty entered into force only after the 2009 European elections, a treaty amendment to grant extra seats to those Member States due to gain extra seats under Lisbon, but without waiting until the 2014 elections, was agreed in 2010. As "it's expected that "Croatia and other countries might join the Union before 2014 (thus gaining the right to elect at least 6 MEPs) the apportionment set out above might be changed in time for the 2014 European Parliament elections.
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- The provision reads:
Article 311 shall be repealed. A new Article 311a shall be inserted, with the wording of Article 299(2), first subparagraph, and Article 299(3) to (6); the text shall be amended as follows:
(e) the following new paragraph shall be added at the end of the Article:"6. The European Council may, on the initiative of the Member State concerned, adopt a decision amending the status, with regard to the Union, of a Danish, French or Netherlands country or territory referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2. The European Council shall act unanimously after consulting the Commission."— Treaty of Lisbon Article 2, point 293
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