Treaty of Lisbon

September 28th, 2009 8:54 am | by John Jansen |

The Treaty of Lisbon was signed in late 2007 and the intent of the document is to improve the efficiency of the EU.

Later this week Irish voters will participate in a referendum on the treaty. Bellow are some thoughts from Brown Brothers analysts on the topic:

For the second time in two years, Ireland will hold a referendum (Oct 2nd) on whether to adopt the Lisbon Treaty. A yes vote by Ireland could increase the odds that the Czech and Polish ratification process accelerates (Poland and the Czech Republic are the only other EU members not to have adopted the treaty.)  Another Irish vote against the treaty, which is intended to increase the effectiveness of the EU, could delay or curtail implementation.  Currently the polls point to a better chance of passage than in 2008.  A weekend poll by the Sunday Business Post show 55% would vote yes, up one point and 27% would vote no, up two points with 18% undecided.  (A second poll by the Sunday Independent showed a 5 point increase in yes voters to 68% and a 2 point increase to 17% for no voters.)  That is higher than a similar Business Post poll taken before last year’s June 12th vote where 41% were in the yes camp and 39% in the no camp.  rejected 53.45 to 46.6%.  A yes vote could on the margin improve the outlook for long term structural adjustments in the EU but with attention focused on the sustainability of the economic recovery, the immediate impact will be limited.

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  1. 2 Responses to “Treaty of Lisbon”

  2. By Felix Staratschek on Sep 29, 2009 | Reply

    Pleace vote for democracy and against the treaty of lisbon

    Dear irish people!

    Pleace stop the treaty of lisbon! Is is antidemocartic, militaristic, antisocial. The disadvantages are much bigger, than the advantages. The EU can live with its actuell laws. They should only be changed into a democratic direction. With the treaty of lisbon, the european council is able to change this treaty in great parts without asking the parliament. This is nearly the same law, which mades the nationl- rassistic- party of Germany so powerfull in our country in the year 1933. Our basic law (the german constitution) and all other european constitutions should not be replaced by the treaty of lisbon. But the new treaty tries to bring all right- sytstems in a lower level than the new european right. Here is my informationpage: . When you have some more english information, pleace send me a link or text or write it into the visitors book of my page. And pleace spread this text all over Ireland.

    In the hope in your activities for a better Europe, Felix Staratschek, Freiligrathstr. 2, D- 42477 Radevormwald (Germany)

  3. By Thomas Byrne on Sep 29, 2009 | Reply

    You’re quite right in noting that the immediate impact of the Treaty will be limited. Dare I say it, but I fear the longterm consequences could be less significant than people suppose at the moment, if historical precedent on other EU treaties is anything to go by.

    Considering, for instance, the free trade mantra (for many including myself the raison d’etre for the union) outlined in Article 49 of the EC Treaty, it is clear that this principle is not currently being upheld by the EU courts. Taking the online gambling industry as an example, instead of granting all EU citizens with the unrestricted access to goods and services across state borders we have been promised, instead some governments, such as the French, adopt a protectionist attitude which bans access to foreign bookmakers for French citizens. Competition between suppliers is therefore reduced, leading to higher prices for consumers. There’s a petition at seeking to address this problem.

    Until the EU upholds what it was started for, discussion over how to extend cooperation between states seems a little redundant.

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