Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Consolidated EU Treaty of Lisbon

The consolidated Lisbon Treaty means that the amendments agreed by all the EU member states in December 2007 have been incorporated into the existing EU and EC Treaties.

We can read the amended treaties as they look, if the Lisbon Treaty enters into force.

Official Journal

The text is available in English and Gaelic as well as the other official EU languages on a number of web sites, following its publication on 9 May 2008 in the Official Journal of the European Union C 115.

Here is the English version of the consolidated Treaty of Lisbon, officially Consolidated versions of the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

You can access the desired language version by clicking on the abbreviation (above, right).


EU Charter of Fundamental Rights

The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union was published in the Official Journal on 14 December 2007 together with its explanations.


General explanations

The Government of Ireland has published a 2009 White Paper on the Lisbon Treaty, which explains the changes between the existing treaties and the amending treaty (129 pages). The document can be downloaded as a whole or in parts.


European Movement Ireland (EMI)

Mentioned in a blog post yesterday, the Lisbon fact sheets of the European Movement Ireland cover much of the same issues as the general information by the Government of Ireland, but they address questions and concerns separately under clearly visible headlines, making it easier to find the answer when you have a specific question in mind.


Positive mood

The latest opinion polls tell us that the mood in Ireland ahead of the Lisbon 2009 referendum is more optimistic and confident. The information efforts may have contributed to this positive shift, but there is still time to catch up, if you are unsure.

Ralf Grahn