The Treaty of Lisbon one year on
One year after the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, the new institutional set-up has more than proved its worth in dealing with the major challenges the European Union has faced, Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič today told an audience at the European University Institute in Florence. "The post-Lisbon balance sheet shows a clear gain in terms of inter-institutional cooperation," Mr Šefčovič said.
He rejected the idea that the EU is on a 'slippery slope towards intergovernmentalism' and that some institutions have gained at the expense of others. "A key rationale of the Treaty of Lisbon has always been to strengthen all of the institutions and, by doing so, strengthen the Union as a whole," he said. "Both supranational and intergovernmental elements continue to fruitfully co-exist in the post-Lisbon EU and that is a central factor in its success: the Treaty preserves the delicate balance between different approaches and institutions." The Vice-President added: "The 'Union method' has clearly been preserved and strengthened". Indeed, in the face of an urgent economic crisis, the new arrangements in the Lisbon Treaty allowed the Union to act quickly and decisively, including proposals on economic governance based on new treaty provisions. Welcoming the advances brought by the Treaty, Vice-President Šefčovič concluded: "Ultimately, all our actions must have a common goal: a more efficient, more democratic Union that is well-respected on the global stage."
Mr. Šefčovič's speech: "The Treaty of Lisbon – One year on Cooperation in a Mature Institutional Framework"
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