The Pros And Consequences Of The Nice Treaty

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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 Commission. Also, the jurisdiction of the Court of First Instance (CFI) was expanded to ease the assigned work of the Court of Justice. To make the decision-making process more efficient and democratic, the Quality Majority Vote (QMV) and co-decision in the EU Community was extended and enhanced conditions for accomplishing improved co-operation in the three pillars. However, there has been some frustration with the results of the Nice Treaty. Several member states believe that the treaty was technocratic and was focused on centralizing power to unelected and unaccountable institutions. Proponents of the treaty could argue that this treaty gave more power to the elected elements of the EU, through co-decision. Also, the opposition argued

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