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From Lisbon to Deauville: practicalities of the Lisbon treaty revision(s). CEPS Policy Brief No. 216/October 2010

Kaczynski, Piotr M. and Broin, Peadar o. (2010) From Lisbon to Deauville: practicalities of the Lisbon treaty revision(s). CEPS Policy Brief No. 216/October 2010. [Policy Paper]

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    This paper explores the political difficulties of treaty reform in the context of five pending revisions under the rules of the Treaty of Lisbon. It first looks at the Deauville Declaration and its translation into political and legal reality. The second part is dedicated to the four other treaty revisions on the European agenda. Finally, it focuses on some of the potential problems in the ratification phase. The Deauville Declaration of Chancellor Merkel and President Sarkozy represents the most visible of the five treaty changes on the table since the Lisbon Treaty came into effect. This treaty change cannot increase Union’s powers. Even if it was feasible to write a treaty change in such a way that would include both a provision on the suspension of the voting rights (using the Art. 7 TEU) and provisions establishing “a permanent and robust framework to ensure orderly crisis management in the future”, the idea of suspending voting rights should be dropped. It is antagonising many national governments and could trigger – largely unwanted – referenda and court cases. It is important, however, to insert into the treaties an EFSF-type solution to equip the EU with a mechanism to address future crises

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > economic and financial affairs > financial crisis 2008-on/reforms/economic governance
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > Lisbon Treaty
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > CEPS Policy Briefs
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2010
    Page Range: p. 5
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 18:38

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