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The Lisbon Treaty

Overview of the EU's latest rulebook. Explores European Council President; EU institution changes; EU's foreign policy; EU-level decision-making and innovations introduced by the new Treaty.

The Treaty of Lisbon was adopted on 13 December 2007 and entered into force on the 1 December 2009. It has introduced dozens of changes to the way the European Union is governed, its competencies, institutions and its procedures.

The course is explained in a non-legal, easy-to-understand manner for business professionals, university students and journalists alike. The course includes the following topics:

Overview of the origins of the Lisbon Treaty

  • The road from 1957 until 2007, the Constitutional Treaty
  • Treaty on the European Union, Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union

Institutional changes in the Lisbon Treaty

  • Changes to the European Commission, Council of Ministers
  • Voting rules, Members of the European Parliament & seats
  • The European Council, the High Representative for Foreign Policy

More efficient decision-making in the European Union

  • Co-decision vs ordinary legislative procedure
  • New policy areas under co-legislation
  • New voting rules & the role of the Parliament

Enhanced democracy (new instruments for citizens)

  • The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the Union
  • Enhanced role for national parliaments in the EU system
  • Clarification of competences on EU level, shared & national ones

Foreign policy and external action changes

  • The High Representative for Foreign Policy, European External Action Service
  • Defence policy and military procurement, speaking with a single voice

New EU policies and competencies created by the Treaty:

  • Justice, freedom, security, Energy & climate change
  • Regional policy, other new EU policies (civil protection, space, tourism)