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A Final Delivery

Implementation of the Lisbon Treaty will make for more simple and easier communication between European governments By STANLEY CROSSICK

Published in the Beijing Review 17 December 2009

After years of debate, disagreements and false starts, the European Union (EU) gave birth to the Lisbon Treaty, at long last, on December 1. First conceived on December 15, 2001 under the Laeken Declaration, it was followed by the European Convention between February 2002 and July 2003, an Intergovernmental Conference from October 2003 to June 2004 and the signing of the European Constitution in April 2004. Its subsequent rejection by French and Dutch referendums in May and June 2005 further set back the legislation. In the end, the treaty was signed on December 13, 2007 after a second Intergovernmental Conference between July and October 2007…

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