Wednesday 23 January 2008

British consolidated Lisbon Treaty

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office has published a consolidated version of the Treaty of Lisbon. The ratification debate in the House of Commons started this week and is expected to continue for four more weeks.

The FCO web pages on Britain in the EU contain both general information on the Reform Treaty and answers on specific questions in addition to the consolidation I just mentioned. For the consolidated version of the Lisbon Treaty, go to:


There are other consolidated English language versions of the Lisbon Treaty. Here is a reminder:


Peadar รณ Broin at the Institute of International and European Affairs (Dublin, Ireland) has produced a complete consolidation of the amended treaties, including the protocols and annexes, in a format easy to read

Treaty on European Union
Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union
Annexes to the EU and FEU Treaties
Protocols to the EU and FEU Treaties and, where appropriate, to the EAEC Treaty

Go to


Professor Steve Peers has painstakingly compiled a version consisting of several files for the Statewatch Observatory on the EU Constitution and the Reform Treaty, where likenesses and differences between the different reform stages are highlighted

Go to

Markus Walther

Markus Walther, a German student who produced and published a German consolidated version of the EU Treaty of Lisbon on his web site, has posted an English readable consolidated version as well (a preliminary document without protocols and charter).

Go to

Open Europe

Open Europe has produced a consolidated version with the Treaty of Lisbon and the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe presented side by side for convenient comparison.

Open Europe: The Lisbon Treaty and the European Constitution: A side-by-side comparison; January 2008;

Go to


I refer those who look for other language versions to my earlier posts.

Ralf Grahn

P.S The FCO has also published Command Paper 7311 A comparative table of the current EC and EU Treaties as amended by the treaty of Lisbon, which briefly sets out the similarities and differences between the Lisbon Treaty and the other relevant Treaties. Available through the Official Documents web page (as is Cm 7310 mentioned above):


  1. I am very interested in the concept of European security. The restriction of civil liberties versus security debate is very interesting. there is a thread about it that I have been reading on the EU Security forum ( but I haven't commented yet because I don't know what I think.

  2. Linda Margaret, I have read your blog postings with interest.

    As I see it, we can concentrate on security from two main angles, a) external and b) internal, although they seem to become increasingly interdependent.

    Right now, I am looking at the external aspects, especially the common security and defence policy provisions in the Lisbon Treaty.

    Last spring and summer, I wrote a number of basic pieces on the pan-European Council of Europe (human rights and fundamental freedoms) and the EU area of freedom, security and justice (although I can not remeber straight away how many of them were in English).

    If you want critical, libertarian views, you could check the extensive monitoring done by Statewatch.

    I have to admit that I am not ready to take very decided opinions, but have to be humble enough to learn more about how reasonable proposed measures are. (If I continue with the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, I would return to these questions at least at the treaty level.)


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