The adaptation of the Lisbon Treaty for the CFSP/ESDP, almost completed

(BRUSSELS2) The new European Treaty (Lisbon version) requires various adjustments to the institutional structures: internal rules of the Council (which will include a section on the European Council, etc.), financial regulations, etc. Accomplished by forced marches by the Swedish presidency, during several meetings of ambassadors, this work is about to be completed. A relatively short time compared to the scope of the work, which can be explained by two reasons.

The work had already been started several years ago when the European Constitution was to come into force. Then it had been “put in the fridge” with the Dutch and French “No”. The “Irish No” to the Lisbon Treaty once again froze work. Discreetly, for several months, the technicians had resumed their work, updating their old work and checking the questions to be solved.

When the question of the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon became more topical, they only had to submit to the diplomats the various points to be resolved and the solutions envisaged. One of the first works that we can present is this “Note from the Presidency on the state of progress of the work concerning the presidency of the preparatory bodies of the Council (formation of foreign affairs)”

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).