Friday 8 February 2008

Lisbon Treaty: Consolidated language versions

There is a continuing stream of people looking for a consolidated version of the Treaty of Lisbon arriving at this blog. Since it may be tricky to find the information in the archive, I decided to compile the essence of a few posts on consolidations in English and other languages.

Please, note that this time I did not have time to check if the links are still working, or if there are pleasant surprises such as updates with protocols etc.

Let us remember that the European Union has 23 official languages. The seven or eight language versions I have noticed to date cover only parts of our community of 490 million citizens.

Here are the language versions found this far (almost all in pdf format), with the languages mentioned in alphabetical order in English:


The EU information of the Danish parliament communicates actively. Some information is available in English, too. The consolidated Lisbon Treaty is an update.

Folketingets EU-Oplysning: Sammenskrevet udgave af udkastet til Lissabon-traktaten og det gaeldande traktatunderlag; Bind 1 Traktater, Bind 2 Protokoller og erklaeringer;



The DJ Nozem blog pointed me towards this new consolidation in Word format, compiled by René Barents and posted on the web site of the daily NRC Handelsblad.

René Barents: Geconsolideerde teksten van het Verdrag betreffende de Europese Unie en het Verdrag betreffende de werking van de Europese Unie zoals gewijzigd door het Verdrag van Lissabon




Peadar ó 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 (pdf).

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 similarities and differences between the different reform stages are highlighted

Go to


The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office published a consolidated version of the Treaty of Lisbon. The ratification debate in the House of Commons is ongoing.

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, see Command Paper 7310 ‘Consolidated texts of the EU Treaties as amended by the Treaty of Lisbon’:

The FCO 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 article by article. Available through the Official Documents web page (as is Cm 7310 mentioned above):

Markus Walther

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

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Open Europe

Open Europe 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;



Europe Information, of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, has promised a consolidated version during the spring.



Assemblée nationale : Rapport d’information sur les modifications apportées par le traité de Lisbonne au traité sur l’Union européenne et au traité instituant la Communauté européenne, par M. Axel Poniatowski ; No 439, 28 novembre 2007 ;



A consolidation in Irish Gaelic promised shortly by the Institute of International and European Affairs, Dublin.



Markus Walther: Das Primärrecht der Europäischen Union; Endfassung, Stand 18. Dezember 2007; (updated after signing)



Two sources reported that the Hungarian government has published a consolidation of the Lisbon Treaty, although was not able to verify it. But I encourage anyone with the linguistic and technical skills to search (and to report back).



Real Instituto Elcano (updated after signing; read the introductory study)



Sieps – Svenska institutet för europapolitiska studier

Ladda ned Lissabonfördraget - Konsoliderad version av EU:s fördrag (pdf)
Ladda ned Lissabonfördraget – Protokoll mm (pdf)


I am most grateful, if you want to share your knowledge on the Treaty of Lisbon with me and other EU citizens: consolidated versions as well as books and resources, such as official documents from the member states, popular presentations and scholarly literature, plus information on the ratification processes.

Ralf Grahn


  1. I would like to add
    which includes the IGC 2007 Draft declarations. Although not part of the Treaty, they are attached to it (I understand) and are being used by some as authoritative documents. eg, as I've mentioned before, Declaration 27, about the primacy of European Law, over national Law, states.

    "The fact that the principle of primacy will not be included in the future treaty shall not in any way change the existence of the principle and the existing case-law of the Court of Justice."

    And remember, the ECJ is no independent court but is one of the EU institutions and, from my observations, is as intent on bringing about a federal Union as are some of the other institutions.

  2. Alfred, thank you for your comment. The ECJ is, of course, an EC / EU institution, but all courts exist in some sort of framework, be they national or international.

  3. Find here another German consolidated version of the Treaties.
    Neither of the existing versions is accurate, but good enough to give an overview.

  4. I meant the existing German versions (not being accurate).


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