Approves The Treaty Of Lisbon Amending The Treaty On European Union And To The Treaty Establishing The European Community, Signed At Lisbon On 13 December 2007.

Original Language Title: Aprova o Tratado de Lisboa que altera o Tratado da União Europeia e o Tratado que Institui a Comunidade Europeia, assinado em Lisboa a 13 de Dezembro de 2007.

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MOTION for a RESOLUTION paragraph 68/X considering the necessity of enhancing the efficiency and democratic legitimacy of the enlarged European Union, establishing an effective framework for your future development and to the objectives of European integration; Whereas the Lisbon Treaty resulted from the mandate agreed by heads of State and Government at the Brussels European Council from 21 to 23 June 2007, giving the basis and framework for the work of the Intergovernmental Conference which took place under the aegis and top priority of the Portuguese Presidency of the European Union; Taking into account the importance of providing the European Union the capabilities and tools to enable it to continue to be a successful project, create a solid foundation for the construction of the future Europe and your positioning in the international scene, as well as bring the Union closer to its citizens, strengthening your democratic nature and your ability to act in a more effective and influential externally; Recognizing the indispensability of allowing a European Union external action more coherent; Recognizing the need for strengthening the principle of conferral of competences and the clarification of the Division of competences between the European Union and the Member States; Recognizing the role of legal status to the EU Charter of fundamental rights, proclaimed by the three institutions on 12 December 2007 day and the forecast of the accession of the European Union to the European Convention on human rights; Whereas the introduction of the principle of democratic participation as one of the foundations of the functioning of the European Union, in particular the possibility of at least a million people to sign a petition to ask the Commission to take a legislative initiative; Recognizing the strengthening of the role of national parliaments; Given the attribution of legal personality to the European Union; In view of the increase of substances subject to qualified majority voting in the Council and codecision with the European Parliament; In view of the strengthening of the principle of economic, social and territorial cohesion; Being desirable to simplify procedures for revision of the treaties; Recognizing the need to change the functioning of European institutions, in particular through the extension of the powers of the European Parliament, in particular through the generalisation of co-decision procedure, which is called ' ordinary legislative procedure ', participating in the European Parliament in parity with the Council in the adoption of legislative acts, including in budgetary matters; the European Council's recognition as one of the institutions of the Union; Taking into account that it is redrawn the composition of the Commission, one Commissioner per Member State until 2014, reducing then the number of Commissioners to 2/3 of the number of Member States, and the members of the Commission are chosen on the basis of a system of equal rotation between Member States; Recognizing that to respond to the need to strengthen the visibility and consistency of the external action of the European Union created the post of high representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and security policy, with the objective of enhancing the visibility and consistency of the external action of the Union, and who shall exercise the functions of Vice-President of the Commission , and a representative of the Council for the areas of the common foreign and security policy and European security and defence policy (' double hat '), presiding over the Council of Foreign Affairs; In view of the objective of developing the European security and defence policy and to the relief of the solidarity clause, which creates a commitment of assistance to Member States in the event of a terrorist attack, natural disaster or human; Considering the importance of the new double majority system, effective from 1 November 2014, which will coexist with the current qualified majority voting system until 31 March 2017; Aiming at the creation of new legal bases in the area of space policy, energy policy, civil protection, sport and tourism, as well as the deepening of competences in the area of research, intellectual property rights and combating climate change;

Whereas, finally, that, if the ' Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe was a constitutional text and completely new, which did away with the treaties in force and aimed to politically restructure Europe, since the Treaty of Lisbon, to introduce changes in the existing treaties, deepened European integration but maintain the current legal structure, terminating also the institutional debate which occupied Member States several years ago.

So: under d) of paragraph 1 of article 197 of the Constitution, the Government presents to the Assembly of the Republic the following resolution: Approving the Treaty of Lisbon amending the Treaty on European Union and to the Treaty establishing the European Community, signed at Lisbon on 13 December 2007, including the protocols, protocols (B) the annex and the Final Act with the statements, the text of which, in the authentic version in Portuguese language if published in annex.

Seen and approved by the Council of Ministers of 17 January 2008 the Prime Minister of State and Minister for Foreign Affairs the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Minister Presidency

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