Monday, 3 November 2008

European Central Bank IV: Article 129 TFEU

The current Treaty establishing the European Community (TEC) was ─ perhaps still is ─ destined to become the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), and generally the so called innovations as agreed in the 2004 IGC were to be inserted into the Treaty by way of specific modifications ‘in the usual manner’ (points 17 and 18, pages 6 and 7).

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Original Lisbon Treaty

In Article 2, point 92 of the original Treaty of Lisbon (ToL) the IGC 2007 agreed on the following concerning Article 107 TEC (OJ 17.12.2007 C 306/74):

93) Article 107 shall be amended as follows:

(a) paragraphs 1 and 2 shall be deleted and paragraphs 3, 4, 5 and 6 shall be renumbered 1, 2, 3 and 4 respectively;

(b) in paragraph 4, renumbered 2, the words ‘Statute of the ESCB’ shall be replaced by the following: ‘Statute of the European System of Central Banks and of the European Central Bank, hereinafter referred to as “Statute of the ESCB and of the ECB”’;

(c) paragraph 5, renumbered 3, shall be replaced by the following:

‘3. Articles 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 17, 18, 19.1, 22, 23, 24, 26, 32.2, 32.3, 32.4, 32.6, 33.1(a) and 36 of the Statute of the ESCB and of the ECB may be amended by the European Parliament and the Council, acting in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure. They shall act either on a recommendation from the European Central Bank and after consulting the Commission or on a proposal from the Commission and after consulting the European Central Bank.’.

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Renumbering

The TFEU table of equivalences confirms that Article 107 TFEU (ToL) in the original Treaty of Lisbon was to be renumbered Article 129 TFEU in the consolidated version, under the title ‘Economic and monetary policy’, renumbered Title VIII (OJ 17.12.2007 C 306/211─212).

(In the consolidated version of the Lisbon Treaty, OJ 9.5.2008 C 115, the Tables of equivalences start on page 361, but the ToL numbers have been omitted.)

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Consolidated Lisbon Treaty: TFEU

Article 129 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) is found in the consolidated versions of the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, published in the Official Journal of the European Union, OJ 9.5.2008 C 115/103:

Part Three Union policies and internal actions

Title VIII Economic and monetary policy

Chapter 2 Monetary policy

Article 129 TFEU
(ex Article 107 TEC)

1. The ESCB shall be governed by the decision-making bodies of the European Central Bank which shall be the Governing Council and the Executive Board.

2. The Statute of the European System of Central Banks and of the European Central Bank (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Statute of the ESCB and of the ECB’) is laid down in a Protocol annexed to the Treaties.

3. Articles 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 17, 18, 19.1, 22, 23, 24, 26, 32.2, 32.3, 32.4, 32.6, 33.1(a) and 36 of the Statute of the ESCB and of the ECB may be amended by the European Parliament and the Council, acting in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure. They shall act either on a recommendation from the European Central Bank and after consulting the Commission or on a proposal from the Commission and after consulting the European Central Bank.

4. The Council, either on a proposal from the Commission and after consulting the European Parliament and the European Central Bank or on a recommendation from the European Central Bank and after consulting the European Parliament and the Commission, shall adopt the provisions referred to in Articles 4, 5.4, 19.2, 20, 28.1, 29.2, 30.4 and 34.3 of the Statute of the ESCB and of the ECB.


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With this and the preceding blog post we are moving towards a much shorter treatment of the TEC and TFEU Articles, normally leaving out the intervening treaty reform stages and the detailed comments in order to wade through the treaties more quickly.

Ralf Grahn