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ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: Ce que dit le traité de Lisbonne!

A taste of what the Lisbon treaty is really saying

Excerpts of the official text with our comment

Translated Sunday 31 May 2009, by Cynthia McKennon

- Comment:Full monetary power for the European Central Bank. See:

Article 130
(ex Article 108 TEC)

When exercising the powers and carrying out the tasks and duties conferred upon them (...) , neither the European Central Bank, nor a national central
bank, nor any member of their decision-making bodies shall seek or take instructions from Union
institutions, bodies, offices or agencies, from any government of a Member State or from any other
body. (...)


-Comment: Our Public services are more threatened by the Lisbon Treaty than they have ever been! See:

Article 106
(ex Article 86 TEC)

(..)2. Undertakings entrusted with the operation of services of general economic interest or having
the character of a revenue-producing monopoly shall be subject to the rules contained in the Treaties,
in particular to the rules on competition (..)

Article 59
(ex Article 52 TEC)

1. In order to achieve the liberalisation of a specific service, the European Parliament and the
Council, acting in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure and after consulting the
Economic and Social Committee, shall issue directives.

2. As regards the directives referred to in paragraph 1, priority shall as a general rule be given to
those services which directly affect production costs or the liberalisation of which helps to promote
trade in goods.

Article 60
(ex Article 53 TEC)

The Member States shall endeavour to undertake the liberalisation of services beyond the extent
required by the directives issued pursuant to Article 59(1), if their general economic situation and the
situation of the economic sector concerned so permit.
To this end, the Commission shall make recommendations to the Member States concerned.

Article 102
(ex Article 82 TEC)

Any abuse by one or more undertakings of a dominant position within the internal market or in a
substantial part of it shall be prohibited as incompatible with the internal market in so far as it may
affect trade between Member States.

_________________________

-Comment:Competition takes precedence over anything else!

PROTOCOL (No 27)

CONSIDERING that the internal market as set out in Article 3 of the Treaty on European Union includes
a system ensuring that competition is not distorted,
HAVE AGREED that:
To this end, the Union shall, if necessary, take action under the provisions of the Treaties (..)
This protocol shall be annexed to the Treaty on European Union and to the Treaty on the Functioning
of the European Union.


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