Treaty of Lisbon
What is the Treaty of Lisbon?
What the EU can do, and what means it can use, are defined in its three governing treaties. These treaties are: the Treaty on European Union, the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and the Euratom Treaty. The Treaty of Lisbon, which entered into force in 2009, is the latest in a series of treaties which, to date, have amended the governing treaties.
Some examples of areas covered by the treaties are: the internal market, agriculture and fisheries, economic and monetary policy, an area of freedom, security and justice and external relations.
For more information, please consult the following:
- The Treaty of Lisbon pages on the Europa portal ("Gateway to the Europe Union") offer a great deal of treaty-related information.
- A brief summary of the main changes resulting from its entry into force can be found in the Treaty of Lisbon information note (pdf)
- For the full text as well as consolidated versions of the treaties, please see the Treaty of Lisbon on the Council website.