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The Making of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty

The Role of Member States

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Edited By Finn Laursen

The European Union (EU) has gone through a number of treaty reforms since the establishment of the European Communities in the 1950s and the creation of the European Union by the Maastricht Treaty in 1992. The latest such reform is the Lisbon Treaty, which entered into force in 2009.
In this book, a number of scholars explore the process of producing the Lisbon Treaty. The focus is on the role of member states, arguably the ‘masters of the treaty.’ Intergovernmental conferences have become the main setting for treaty reforms since the Single European Act (SEA) in the mid-1980s. This makes national preferences and inter-state bargaining important when new treaties are negotiated.
The Lisbon Treaty delineates a number of institutional changes. In the end the product has to be evaluated against the standards established at the outset. Will the treaty improve the efficiency, democratic legitimacy as well as the coherence of the Union’s external action, as the member states claimed it would? While the final text of the treaty leaves the EU with some new institutional possibilities, it also has its limitations, especially in the area of foreign and security policy.

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11 Acknowledgements This book is published under the auspices of the EU Centre of Ex- cellence (EUCE) at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. The EUCE is financed by a three-year grant by the European Commission’s Direc- torate-General for External Relations (DG Relex), now administered by the new European External Action Service (EEAS). Without the support from the European Union (EU) the conference that brought most au- thors together in June 2010 as well as the subsequent production of this book would not have been possible. The financial support from the EU is gratefully acknowledged. Needless to say, the EU is not responsible for any information or views in this book. The editor, who currently directs the EUCE at Dalhousie, also wants to acknowledge the contribution of Tatiana Neklioudova, the Adminis- trative Secretary of the EUCE at the time. She took care of all the logistics in connection with the 4th annual EUCE conference in June 2010 in an efficient and reliable manner. Thanks also to Dr Jure Gantar, Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Dalhousie for welcoming the participants and sup- porting the project in various useful ways. During the book production stage the assistance of Jennifer Harris was invaluable. She did a tremendous job in improving many chapters linguistically and checking all chapters for consistency. After the copy- editing and the acceptance of the manuscript for publication my assis- tant Carolyn Ferguson took over. She has done the typesetting, the list of abbreviations as well as the...

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