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Tratatul de la Lisabona. Puncte de reformă şi aspecte privind drepturile omului
The Treaty of Lisbon: Reforms and Human Rights Issues

Author(s): Aurora Ciucă
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Centrul de Studii Internationale
Keywords: The Treaty of Lisbon; the Charter of Fundamental Rights; EU Treaty principles; reforms; double qualified majority voting;; jurisdictional guarantees

Summary/Abstract: The study is a survey of the institutional reforms initiated in the Treaty of Lisbon – the new “double qualified majority” voting system, the communautarization of Justice and Internal Affairs, the enlarged powers of the European Parliament and, in particular, the developments in the field of human rights. Under Article 6 of the European Communities Treaty, the Charter of Fundamental Rights will be a part of the “original” community law. While the meaning and the field of application of fundamental rights, including the acceptable limitations thereto, are identical in the Charter and the European Convention on Human Rights, with respect to social rights the Charter is less elaborate than the European Social Charter. The coming into force of the Treaty of Lisbon shall lead to the EU’s signing the European Convention. The article assesses the possible consequences of this event on the protection of human rights: the delays in celerity, the developments in the relation between domestic and community law, the criteria imposed on the states aiming at EU accession.

  • Issue Year: 4/2008
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 3-10
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Romanian