Monday, 21 April 2008

Consolidated Treaty of Lisbon and other EU materials

People continue to arrive at this blog while looking for a consolidated version of the Treaty of Lisbon, and often they have been referred by a search engine to an older post on consolidated versions or the lack of such.

It seems to take a while for the word to spread that the Council has, at last, published consolidated versions of the amended treaties.

At the same time, below are the main resources concerning the treaty reform process post Nice.


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New TEU and TFEU

The Council’s provisional consolidated version of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) has been available since 16 April 2008. Go to the following Lisbon Treaty web page and choose your preferred treaty language (out of 23):

http://consilium.europa.eu/cms3_fo/showPage.asp?id=1296&lang=en

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Original Treaty of Lisbon

The original unconsolidated Treaty of Lisbon (ToL) with the amendments to the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community, signed at Lisbon, 13 December 2007, was published in the Official Journal of the European Union, OJ 17.12.2007 C 306/1.

The amending Lisbon Treaty is available in 23 treaty languages through:

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/JOIndex.do?year=2007&serie=C&textfield2=306&Submit=Search&_submit=Search&ihmlang=en

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Current TEU and TEC

Until the Lisbon Treaty amendments enter into force, the European Union and the European Community continue to work according to the Nice and accession treaties. In addition to being the legislation in force, the current treaties form the basis for comparison with the proposed changes.

The latest consolidated versions of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) and of the Treaty establishing the European Community (TEC) have been published in the Official Journal of the European Union, OJ 29.12.2006 C 321 E/1.

For the consolidated treaties in force in your preferred language version among the then 21 treaty languages (Bulgarian and Romanian missing), go to:

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/JOIndex.do?year=2006&serie=C&textfield2=321E&Submit=Search&_submit=Search&ihmlang=en

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Draft Constitution

After the less than satisfactory Treaty of Nice, the treaty reform process was re-launched by the Laeken Declaration and the work accomplished by the European Convention, which produced the draft Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe, published OJ 18.7.2003 C 169/1.

Here you can find the draft Constitution, which formed the basis for the following intergovernmental conference(s) (IGC 2003 and 2004) and most of the proposals debated today, in the treaty languages at that time (excluding Gaelic and the official languages of the entrants 2004 and later):

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/JOIndex.do?year=2003&serie=C&textfield2=169&Submit=Search&_submit=Search&ihmlang=en

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Constitution

During the IGC 2004 the governments of the member states agreed on and signed the Treaty establishing the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe, published OJ 16.12.2004 C 310/1. By then, ten countries had become EU members in 2004 and Gaelic had become an official EU language, so only Bulgarian and Romanian language versions are unavailable there.

The Constitutional Treaty, which was ratified by two thirds of the member states, is available at:

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/JOHtml.do?year=2004&serie=C&textfield2=310&Submit=S%C3%B6k&_submit=S%C3%B6k&ihmlang=en

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Other consolidations

Before the Council published its consolidations, there were – as far as I was able to find out – consolidated versions for a minority of the member states, but a majority of EU citizens through other channels. The latest compilation was the blawg post ‘Consolidated EU Lisbon Treaty Update April 2008’, published 9 April 2008:

http://grahnlaw.blogspot.com/2008/04/consolidated-eu-lisbon-treaty-update.html


A blog post ‘Lisbon Treaty updates: Promising and promised’ of 15 April 2008 added information on two new publications by the IIEA, a new highlighted version making it easy to see the changes and an Irish Gaelic consolidation:

http://grahnlaw.blogspot.com/2008/04/lisbon-treaty-updates-promising-and.html

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Dear Reader,

Consolidations in book form, commentaries, articles and official papers on the Treaty of Lisbon, as well as on EU law and politics generally, are in constant demand. Please, share your information with me and the readers of this blog.


Ralf Grahn