The Treaty, the Economic, and the Social

Paul Craig

in The Lisbon Treaty

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199595013
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729508 | DOI:
The Treaty, the Economic, and the Social

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It would clearly be impossible within the scope of this book to examine in detail all the substantive provisions of the Lisbon Treaty. Nor is that the objective. It is nonetheless important to consider the principal changes made to the substance and architecture of what was hitherto the EC Treaty. This chapter approaches the topic through examination of the balance between the economic and the social. It begins by considering the tension and debates about the balance between the economic and the social prior to the Lisbon Treaty, since it is necessary to appreciate the evolution of EU law in this respect. The focus then shifts to consideration of the debates leading to the Constitutional Treaty, and more particularly the input of the Working Groups on Social Europe and Economic Governance. This is followed by analysis of the Lisbon Treaty itself, which is divided into three parts. It begins by examining the foundational precepts in the Lisbon Treaty, the values, objectives, and considerations that are mandated to be taken into account in developing EU policy. Then economic and social provisions of the Lisbon Treaty are considered to see how far they represent continuity with the past, and how far they contain novel elements.

Keywords: EC Treaty; economic; social; Lisbon Treaty; Constitutional Treaty

Chapter.  20754 words. 

Subjects: EU Law

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