Im Pact of Lisbon Treaty

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QUESTION What has been the impact, if any, of the Lisbon Treaty on the democratic deficit within the EU? How to Answer this Question This type of question has become very popular in recent years. This is largely due to developments that have affected the Parliament and the emphasis given to democracy in the European Union. The main points to cover in your answer are: * powers and composition of the European Parliament; * procedures of the Parliament; * role of the Parliament in the legislative process; * the Lisbon Treaty. Answer Democratic deficit is a term that has been used to label the European Union since its predecessor the European Community was established in 1957· The term is used to identify the absence of what some observers see as the fundamental involvement of elected representatives in the governance of the EU. This arises where individuals compare the E U with the governance of an individual Member State, when any analysis of the Union shows that such a comparison is limited due to its international organisation structure. Attempts have been made since the Single European Act 1987 to bolster the democratic element and the Treaty of Lisbon is the latest treaty amendment to do so. The Treaty of Lisbon did not have an easy birth as it followed the aborted Constitutional Treaty and was challenged in the German Courts and concessions had to be given to Ireland before it was ratified in a second referendum of the Irish people. The Treaty of Lisbon finally came into force on 1 December 2009 and made changes in an attempt to lessen the democratic deficit within the EU due to the interrelationship between the main institutions of the European Parliament, European Council, Council of Ministers and the European Commission. Democracy has always been identified as an important principle to the EU and is seen as a characteristic of all
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