Lisbon Treaty

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An EU treaty signed by the heads of government of the member states in Lisbon on 13 December 2007. When the Constitutional Treaty of the European Union failed to be ratified, there was a period of “reflection” that issued in the proposal of the Reform Treaty signed in Lisbon. In terms of its content, the Treaty has many similarities to its predecessor but is seen as following in the EU tradition of amending previous treaties rather than being a stand-alone treaty such as the Constitutional Treaty. The new Treaty was intended to come into force before the 2009 elections for the European Parliament but was rejected in a referendum in Ireland in June 2008 and has to date not been ratified by all the member states.

Subjects: Law.

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