A year after the Lisbon Treaty: a successful test of strength
These three key words: effectiveness, legitimacy and consistency are alluded to, moreover, in the very brief Preamble to the Lisbon Treaty
President Barroso has conducted an initial assessment of the application of the Lisbon Treaty. In the context of the debate on the strengthening of economic governance, he reiterated that the spirit of the Treaty is based on the Community approach. He stressed the conditions to be complied with by Member States’ initiatives: loyal cooperation, solidarity and cohesion. They may not "affect the exercise of the Union’s powers under the Treaty. This is a fundamental point" he said.