December 23, 2007 | 6 Comments
Eventually some people made the effort to work on the proposed changes as adopted at the October summit and prepare the complete Treaties. The new Lisbon Treaty is now available in a consolidated version. – Even on the websits of the French parliament. At the same time, the Council still only provides for lengthy documents spelling out the changes. Let us see if they think that they can keep it like that until the British parliament takes a decision.
Now, you can find an English version on the website of the Irish Institute of European Affairs.
A French version is provided for by the Assamblee Nationale’s website.
A German version is so far only available as book.
I have written and commented repeatedly in spring about the most intransparent Treaty revision procedure (“Sherpa method”) leading up to the Lisbon Treaty. One of the outstanding features in this game was the absence of a consolidated version of the new Treaty until after even signing the new Treaty in the middle of December 2007.
The rationale behind it was typical Council: If we do not publish a consolidated version, the sceptics cannot go out with one document to show how “evil” the new Treaty is (either being the same as Constitutional Treaty or quoting aspects of the new superstate monster). Having an explicit Council understanding for such a method makes you sick, when you are one of those people potentially willing to defend the new Treaty in debates.