Argument: The Lisbon Treaty generally makes the EU more democratic

Issue Report: EU constitution reform treaty (Lisbon Treaty)


“Treaty of Lisbon. Questions and Answers”. – Does the Treaty of Lisbon make the decision-making process more democratic?

Yes. The Treaty of Lisbon will increase the number of policy areas where the directly elected European Parliament has to approve EU legislation together with the Council comprised of national Ministers (the “co-decision” procedure).

The Treaty of Lisbon strengthens the democratic control of the European Union with a stronger role for both the European Parliament and national parliaments.

It will establish a clearer distribution of powers between the Union and the Member States, which will make it easier for the citizens to understand “who does what”.