Treaty of Rome – June 17, 2008
The Lisbon Treaty, recently voted down by the Irish, in the face of the European Union, is an amendment to the Treaty of Rome – 1957 (treaty establishing the European Economic Community) and the Treaty of Maastricht in the Netherlands – 1992 (treaty that led to the European Union). There have been other treaties such as the European Atomic Energy Community – 1958, and the European Coal and Steel Community – 2001 known as the Treaty of Paris (expired). The Treaty of Nice rolled all the treaties into one and the Lisbon Treaty was written to amend these and change the governing structure from “pillars” and a “rotating” EU presidency. The newest treaty would create a President of the European Council and a High Representative for Foreign Affairs, among other things.
Other agreements and conventions occurred, passing by votes of heads of states, rather than popular vote of the citizens of each member of the EU. Ireland chose a popular vote and the people rejected it by 7+%.
Earlier, in 2004, the French and Dutch people rejected the European Constitution in national referenda. Unable to reach the required unanimity to amend treaties to the EU, a period of reflection was called. Germany’s PM Merkel recently called an end the “reflection” and the vote was taken.
Instead of the celebration that was already planned, the unexpected defeat has left them looking for ways to get it done, over the will of the Irish, the French and the Dutch. When the French and Dutch rejected the direct EU constitution, it (EU Con.) became law indirectly through the amendment treaties. EU leaders know they will find a solution to the current dilemma, probably by passing other binding documents which achieve the same end indirectly.
What exactly did the Irish reject? http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/2773
1. It establishes a legally new European Union in the constitutional form of a supranational European State.
2. It empowers this new European Union to act as a State vis-a-vis other States and its own citizens.
3. It makes us all citizens of this new European Union. (This was authored by a Brussels Journal writer.)
4. To hide the enormity of the change, the same name – European Union – will be kept while the Lisbon Treaty changes fundamentally the legal and constitutional nature of the Union.
5. It creates a Union Parliament for the Union’s new citizens.
6. It creates a Cabinet Government of the new Union.
7. It creates a new Union political President.
8. It creates a civil rights code for the new Union’s citizens.
9. It makes national Parliaments subordinate to the new Union.
10. It gives the new Union self-empowerment powers.
1. The Lisbon Treaty establishes a legally quite new European Union. This is a Union in the constitutional form of a supranational European State:
The Treaty gives this new Union a State Constitution which is identical in its legal effects to the EU Constitution that French and Dutch voters rejected in their 2005 referendums. It does this by amending the two existing basic European Treaties, the “Treaty on European Union” (TEU) and the “Treaty Establishing the European Community” (TEC). (Treaties of Maastricht and Rome) These two amended Treaties become the de facto Constitution of the new Union which they constitute or establish, although they are not called a Constitution. The EU has thus been given a Constitution indirectly rather than in direct form, as had been proposed in the Treaty which the peoples of France and Holland rejected in 2005.
The provision of the Lisbon Treaty that “The Union shall replace and succeed the European Community“ (Art.1.3, amended TEU) makes absolutely clear that the post-Lisbon Union will be quite a new entity, as the European Community of which our countries are all currently members ceases to exist.
2. The Treaty empowers this new European Union to act as a State vis-a-vis other States and its own citizens:
To understand the change introduced by the Lisbon Treaty one needs to understand that what we call the European Union today is not a State. It is not even a legal or corporate entity in its own right, for it does not have legal personality. The name “European Union” at present is a descriptive term for all the relations between its 27 Member States.
This new European Union can sign treaties with other States in all areas of its competence and conduct itself as a State in the international community of States. It can speak at the United Nations on agreed foreign policy positions of its Member States, just as in the days of the Soviet Union the USSR had a UN seat while Russia, Ukraine and Byelorussia had UN seats also. (Citizens of the new EU will be legally bound to the treaties signed by the EU.)
The Lisbon Treaty also gives the EU a political President, a Foreign Minister – to be called a High Representative – a diplomatic corps and a Public Prosecutor. The new EU will accede to the European Convention on Human Rights, as all other European States have already done, including those outside the EU.
The Treaty also sets out the principle of the primacy of the laws of the new Union over the laws of its Member States (Declaration 27). The new EU makes the majority of laws for its Member States each year and under the Lisbon Treaty the new Union, which will replace the European Community, gets further power to make laws or take decisions by qualified majority vote in relation to some 68 new policy areas or matters where Member States currently have a veto.
3. The Treaty makes us all real citizens of this new European Union for the first time, instead of our being notional or honorary European “citizens” as at present:
Citizenship of the European Union at present is stated to “complement” national citizenship. By transforming the legal character of the Union, the Lisbon Treaty transforms the meaning of Union citizenship. Article.17b.1 TEC/TFU replace the word “complement“ in the sentence “Citizenship of the Union shall complement national citizenship“, so that the new sentence reads: “Citizenship of the Union shall be in addition to national citizenship.“
As most St
ates only recognise that one can have a single citizenship, henceforth it is one’s Union citizenship which will be regarded by other countries as primary and superior to one’s national citizenship. The rights and duties attaching to this citizenship of the new Union are to be superior to those attaching to citizenship of one’s own national State in any case of conflict between the two, because of the superiority of EU law over national law and constitutions.
Member States retain their national constitutions, but they are subordinate to the new Union Constitution. As such they will no longer be constitutions of sovereign States, just as the various local states of the USA retain their constitutions although they are subordinate to the Federal US Constitution.
4. To hide the enormity of the change, the same name – European Union – will be kept while the Lisbon Treaty changes fundamentally the legal and constitutional nature of the Union. By this means the importance of the proposed change is kept hidden from the people.
As Americans, we may feel that this is none of our concern, BUT we should learn from the EU how the heads of state override the will of free people and quietly remove the sovereignty of nations, the democracies of self-governed societies and the freedoms of everyone not in the elitist body of world rulers.
This erosion of sovereignty and freedom works like a cancer under the skin, out of public view, but spreading and irreversible without major surgery (war). Everything looks great on the outside, but damage is being done on the inside.
The Global Warming Elitists are successfully getting treaties ratified, laws passed, overriding national sovereignties and overruling free people, while setting themselves up in positions of great power and wealth.
There is no more time to do nothing.