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the lisbon treaty
It began with the Convention on the Future of Europe. The resulting document was what became known as the Treaty for a Constitution for Europe - the European Constitution, in short. That, however, was scraped after the referendums in France and the Netherlands; yet, it did not die. The resurrected and modified version of the Constitution passed trough two more names: the Draft Treaty and then the Reform Treaty. Eventually, the Reform Treaty was signed during a European Council in Lisbon, on 13 December 2007. Thus, it became the Lisbon Treaty.
Nowadays, the ratification process of this new Treaty is on its way, while politicians and average citizens alike, along with an unbelievable number of researchers, analysts, jurists and specialists, wonder what exactly are the differences between the old and the new versions of this text. Here we will try to shed some light on the murky matter of the Lisbon Treaty.
Informative Press Conference on the Lisbon Treaty
Monday, 26 May 2008
Jens-Peter Bonde - former MEP and member of the two constitutional conventions, together with Irish legal expert Peadar ó Broin, will hold a joint press conference at the Information Office of the European Parliament in Dublin, 43, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2, on Wednesday, 28 May 2008 at 12:00 hrs.
In the context of the Irish referendum, expected June 12, they will provide the media, NGOs and the general public with politically neutral tools to better understand the Lisbon Treaty. Bonde's new book, recently published by the Foundation for EU Democracy, will be available for free at the conference.
"The Lisbon Treaty, the reader-friendly version" (384 pages) represents a very much needed detailed guide to the Treaty with short explanations of each regulation and amendment in the margins. Changes from the EU Constitution and previous EU Treaties are also indicated, together with deletions and new provisions, while the old regulations are explained.
Moreover, this reader-friendly includes an index, something the actual text of the Lisbon Treaty lacks. The reader-friendly edition is a strictly neutral and objective work which will be welcomed by both supporters and opponents of the Lisbon Treaty.
Peadar ó Broin is an Irish legal expert who edited the "Consolidated Version of the Treaties" and “The Annotated and Consolidated version of the Treaties as amended by the Treaty of Lisbon", released on May 22, 2008. His books can be found at: http://www.iiea.com/publicationstest.php
Another useful source for the public is the EUABC, an online dictionary providing concise explanations of terms used in the EU debate. It is aimed at informing the citizens on the debate about the future of Europe, including many issues that relate to matters of political tension and controversy: http://en.euabc.com/
A Comparison Table (Constitution - Lisbon) and the Voting Rights Table might be of interest for researchers and anyone interested in delving deep into European issues. Click here and here to download.
The Lisbon Treaty explained
Thursday, 24 April 2008
The EUDemocrats are happy to announce the publishing of two books on the Treaty of Lisbon by our President, Jens-Peter Bonde. They are aimed at helping readers better understand the genesis and the nature of the international treaty.
The first book, called From the EU Constitution to Lisbon Treaty, contains a thorough analysis of how the Treaty of Lisbon came into being. It explores the way secret negotiations and moves behind closed doors took the rejected text of the Constitution and reforged it, or in the large part, simply renamed it. It addresses the lack of transparency in the changes that have been made, and how difficult it would be for anyone without intimate knowledge of the Treaties of the European Union to know what was changed.
Anyone interested in the subject of the book can download an electronic version FREE of charge HERE or go to eubookshop.com and buy a printed version for just €10.
The second book represents a very much needed indexed guide to the Lisbon Treaty. It is called "Consolidated Reader-Friendly Edition of the Treaty on the European Union". It contains the text of the treaty with simple, short explanations of each regulation and amendment on the left hand column. Furthermore, of special interest to people who want to understand this legislation, or even researchers or students, is that the book has clear markers whenever something was changed from the previous versions of the EU Treaties. Changes from the EU Constitution are indicated as well, and everything, including deletions, new provisions or even old regulations, are explained.
Moreover, this book has an index for all terms, something the actual text of the Lisbon Treaty lacked. Any query can thus be resolved rather fast. Talking about the book, Irish EU Researcher and Senior Lecturer Emeritus in Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin, Anthony Coughlan, said: "The Reader-Friendly Edition is a strictly neutral and objective work which will be welcomed alike by supporters and opponents of the Lisbon Treaty".
Anyone interested can get the book instantly online HERE or buy a printed version which will soon be available for just €20 at eubookshop.com. Dealers can get a 30% discount for larger orders.
We warmly recommend you to take a look at these two books. Think of any area of your life which might be affected by the Lisbon Treaty and search for it in the Reader-Friendly Edition where you might find surprising facts about the Union to which we belong, as well as about how silent our governments are on matters that are, at times, incredibly important.
Comparison of the Lisbon Treaty with the EU Constitution
From the office of one of the leading figures of the EUDemocrats we bring you this much needed text that, we hope, can explain more clearly what the Lisbon Treaty is all about: The Treaty of Lisbon vs The EU Constitution