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Introduction


Welcome to the web-site of Eurotreaties. Here you will find a summary of the Treaties of the European Union, the texts of the main treaties, other background information and, in particular, details of our books on the most recent treaties, in particlular on the Treaty of Lisbon - ' The Treaty of Lisbon in Perspective '.

We have produced five major publications on the Treaties which form the primary law of the European Union. The purpose of these books is to highlight the changes which each treaty has made to the existing primary law of the European Union.

The books are intended to be objective, independent and neutral, and to provide core texts that will be useful to readers from all backgrounds and having differing views and opinions.



Eurotreaties.com is part of the British Management Data Foundation and has been established to bring together some basic information on the Treaties which form the basis of the European Union.




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Books on European Treaties


The individual Treaties of Maastricht, Amsterdam, Nice and Lisbon on their own are very difficult to understand as they are a series of amendments and amended the Treaty of Rome of 1957. The only practicable way to understand them is to place the changes in context. This we have done by analysing the main points of each new treaty and consolidate these changes into the existing treaties.

The Constitution, on the other hand, was a new Treaty in its own right. It would have established a new European Union to replace the existing Treaties. If it had been ratified, the Constitution would have repealed the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community, together with the treaties of accession.

The Treaty of Lisbon (also referred to as the Reform Treaty) came about through the failure of the Constitution to be ratified and incorporates many of the provisions of the Constitution, as well as introducing new ones of its own.

The BMDF has published books on each of the five treaties; our book on the Treaty of Lisbon - ' The Treaty of Lisbon in Perspective ' was published on 7 February 2008.





' The Treaty of Lisbon in Perspective '



Price 27.50

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' The Treaty of Lisbon in Perspective ' includes:

  • The complete consolidated texts of the 'Treaty on European Union' and the 'Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union', including all the new Protocols and Declarations;

  • Each Treaty article number is annotated to show the origin of the article from the Treaties as amended by the Treaty of Nice and from the Constitution and the change in numbering introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon;

  • the text of the articles in both the Treaties and the Protocols is highlighted to show the changes introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon and differentiated to show the changes brought forward from the Constitution and the text which is new in the Treaty of Lisbon;

  • Detailed analysis and review of the key subjects and issues including those particularly affecting business and industry;

  • A synopsis of pertinent Articles;

  • A review and summary of the background to the Treaty of Lisbon, including the differences between Lisbon and the Constitution, and the Principal Issues and Key Points

  • A table of business concerns;

  • New legislative procedures with table of changes from unanimity to qualified majority voting (QMV);

  • Additional relevant papers including the revised Charter of Fundamental Rights and the Tables of Equivalences in the Treaty of Lisbon;

  • A comprehensive Subject Index and a table to assist tracing articles from the draft Constitution to the consolidated text.



' The European Constitution in Perspective '

This was published on 7 December 2004 and contains the full text of the draft Constitution, including the new Protocols and Declarations.


' Treaty of Nice in Perspective '

This was published on 9 July 2001 and is in two volumes. The first volume contains the analysis and has a detailed summary of the provisions of the Treaty. The second volume has the full text of the Treaty.


' The Treaty of Amsterdam in Perspective '

We published the first edition in January 1998. The first edition sold out and we published the second edition in November 1999.


' The Maastricht Treaty in Perspective '

First published in 1992 (the Third Edition was published in October 1996), this was used by MPs and Peers during the Debates on the Maastricht Treaty in 1993. This book is now out of print and the analyses have been incorporated into our book on the Treaty of Amsterdam.




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