Nice Treaty Case Study

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Introduction
This memorandum will provide an explanation of why the outcomes of the Nice Treaty has been disapproved. Further on, the road from Nice to Lisbon will be explained and it will be stated whether the creation of the Lisbon Treaty can be illustrated as democratic. Also, the Lisbon Treaty will be identified and the main outcomes of the treaty negotiations in the Lisbon Treaty will be stated. Finally, a concise summary of the stated arguments will be given.

The Nice Treaty
The Nice Treaty was signed in February 2001 and entered force in February 2003. The main amendments made at Nice consisted of reform of the institutions and the decision-making process. This treaty adjusted the composition of the European Parliament (EP) and the
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The Treaty of Lisbon represents democratic equality, representative democracy, and participatory democracy. The objective of this treaty was to amend the structure and functioning of the EU, along with improving the decision-making process. To amend the decision-making process, the Treaty of Lisbon terminated the old system of voting and presents a new definition of qualified majority voting (QMV). Opponents argued that the old QMV will lead to smaller countries having less influence than bigger countries. To adjust this, the Lisbon Treaty gave the citizens more power, by presenting a process by which EU citizens could request the European Commission by gathering one million signatures from citizens of member states. This amendment will give countries that are smaller less chance of closing legislation. The EU also got rid of the three-pillar structure, and introduces an action of capability between the EU and member states. Another objective of the Lisbon Treaty was to improve the democracy within the EU. To achieve this, the authority of the European Parliament is increased and national parliaments are given a bigger role in the
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