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Your guide to the Lisbon Treaty

Author: Manuscript completed in July 2009, revised April 2010
Price FREE
Publisher European Commission
Publication date 30 April 2010
ISBN Catalogue number: NA-30-10-300-EN-C
Publication synopsis After decades of war that cost millions of lives, the foundation of the EU marked the beginning of a new era where European countries solve their problems by talking, not fighting. Today, members of the EU enjoy a wealth of benefits. The rules on how to run the EU, however, were designed for a much smaller EU, and an EU that did not have to face global challenges such as climate change, a global recession or international cross-border crime. The EU has the potential, and the commitment, to tackle these problems, but can only do so by improving the way it works. This is the purpose of the Lisbon Treaty. It makes the EU more democratic, efficient and transparent. It gives citizens and parliaments a bigger input into what goes on at a European level, and gives Europe a clearer, stronger voice in the world, all the while protecting national interests. This leaflet explains what the Lisbon Treaty means to you as a citizen.

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