One of the good things about the Lisbon Treaty is its statement on the founding values, in Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union:
“The Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. These values are common to the Member States in a society in which pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men prevail.”
Organisations built by humans seldom attain perfection, but if the Treaty of Lisbon enters into force, the actions of the European Union are going to be measured against these founding values.
One more reason to put the Lisbon Treaty into practice.