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Lisbon Treaty: Year I

Béraud, Jonas Condomines (2010) Lisbon Treaty: Year I. [EU Commission - Working Document]

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    The completion of the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty (from now on the Treaty) in November and its entry into force on 1 December 2009 marked the end of an extraordinary and unprecedented lengthy process of institutional change of the European Union. The Treaty had been signed on 13 December 2007, almost two years before its entry into force, by no means an excessive duration compared to the ratification of previous modifications of the Treaties. But the Treaty – in strictly legal terms a substantial set of amendments to two previous treaties renamed in the process – has a long history. Initial proposals for institutional reform date back to the German reunification in 1989-1990. They went through lengthy debates that eventually led to the European Convention and the 'Draft Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe' of 20031 and from there to the 'Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe' of 20042. If the current form of the Treaty is a clear consequence of the difficulties of the ratification process of the Constitution, the ideas that provide the substance can be traced back to the final years of the past century. The pages that follow are not a legal analysis but an attempt to identify changes and to assess their significance3.

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    Item Type: EU Commission - Working Document
    Subjects for non-EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    Subjects for EU documents: Treaties & Treaty Reform
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Institutional Author: European Union, November 1993 to date > Commission
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: Yes
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2014 10:15
    Number of Pages: 24
    Last Modified: 25 Jan 2019 10:10

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