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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 UniĆ£o Europeia e o Tratado que Institui a Comunidade Europeia, assinado em Lisboa a 13 de Dezembro de 2007

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Considering the need to strengthen the efficiency and democratic legitimacy of the Union

Enlarged European, establishing an effective framework for its future development and

for the objectives of European integration;

Considering that the Treaty of Lisbon resulted from the mandate agreed by the Heads of

State and Government at the European Council in Brussels from 21 a to June 23, 2007,

conferring the basis and framework for the proceedings of the Intergovernmental Conference

which have elapsed under the aegis and as a top priority of the Portuguese Presidency of the Union


Having regard to the importance of providing the European Union with the capabilities and the

instruments that enable it to continue to be a successful project, create solid foundations

for the construction of the future Europe and its positioning on the international scene, well

how to bring the Union closer to its citizens, strengthen its democratic character and its

ability to act more effectively and influently on the external plane;

Recognizing the indispensability of allowing for an external action by the European Union more


Recognizing the need for the strengthening of the principle of the allocation of competences and the

clarification of the allocation of competences between the European Union and the Member States;

Recognizing the allocation of legal value to the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the Union

European, proclaimed by the three institutions on December 12, 2007 and the forecast

of the accession of the European Union to the European Convention on Human Rights;

Considering the introduction of the principle of democratic participation as one of the

fundamentals of the functioning of the European Union, namely the possibility of,

at least, one million people sign a petition to invite the Commission to adopt

a legislative initiative;

Recognizing the strengthening of the role of National Parliaments;

Attending to the assignment of legal personality to the European Union;

With a view to the increase of subjects subject to the qualified majority in the Council and to the

co-decision with the European Parliament;

Attending to the strengthening of the principle of economic, social and territorial cohesion;

Being desirable to simplify the procedures for the revision of the Treaties;

Recognizing the need to change the functioning of some European institutions,

notably by broadening the competences of the European Parliament, in

particular through the generalization of the procedure of the co-decision, which goes on to call itself

"ordinary legislative procedure", by participating in the European Parliament in parity with the

Advice in the adoption of legislative acts, including in budgetary matters; the

recognition of the European Council as one of the institutions of the Union;

Taking into account that it is redesigned the composition of the Commission, by keeping a

commissioner by Member State until 2014, reducing after the number of commissioners

for 2/3 of the number of Member States, being the members of the Commission chosen

on the basis of an egalitarian rotation system between Member States;

Recognizing that to correspond to the need to enhance visibility and coherence

of the External action of the European Union shall be created the post of High Representative of the Union for

the Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, with the aim of strengthening the

visibility and the consistency of the external action of the Union, and which shall exercise simultaneously the

duties as Vice-President of the Commission, and of representative of the Council for the areas of

Foreign and Common Security Policy and European Security and Defence Policy (" double

hat "), also presiding over the Council of Foreign Affairs;

Meeting the development objective of the European Security and Defence Policy and

the relief of the solidarity clause, which creates the commitment of enteraid to the

Member States in the event of a terrorist attack, natural or human disaster;

Considering the importance of a new dual-majority system, vigorously going forward from 1

of November 2014, which will co-exist with the current system of majority voting

qualified by March 31, 2017;

Further aiming at the creation of new legal bases in the area of space policy, politics

energy, civil protection, sport and tourism, as well as the deepening of the

skills in the area of research, intellectual property and combating changes


Considering, at last, that, if the " Treaty Establishing a Constitution for the

Europe " was a text of a constitutional and completely new character, which revoked the

Treaties in force and aimed to refunde politically to Europe, already the Lisbon Treaty, to the

to make changes to the current constitutive Treaties, deepens European construction

but it maintains the prevailing legal structure, ending also the institutional debate that

occupied Member States for several years.


Under the terms of the paragraph d) of Article 197 (1) of the Constitution, the Government presents to the

Assembly of the Republic the following motion for a resolution:

Approves the Treaty of Lisbon amending the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty which

establishing the European Community, signed in Lisbon on December 13, 2007, including

the Protocols A, the Protocols B, the Annex and the Final Act with the Declarations, the text of which,

in the authentic version in Portuguese language publishes in annex.

Seen and approved in Council of Ministers of January 17, 2008

The Prime Minister

The Minister of State and Foreign Affairs

The Minister of the Presidency

The Minister of Parliamentary Affairs