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The European Council held on 21 and 22 June 2007, identified a way of getting out of the impasse caused by the failure to ratify the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe: that of abandoning the Treaty while preserving its substance. An Intergovernmental Conference was convened with a detailed mandate. The Treaty of Lisbon amends the establishing Treaties in force: the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community, which is to be, renamed the "Treaty on the Functioning of the Union". The Treaty on the Functioning of the Union will set out the provisions on the institutions and acts, together with the legal bases, within the classification of competences already defined in the Constitution. The Treaty of Lisbon incorporates new provisions in the Treaty on the Functioning of the Union dealing with visas, asylum and immigration.

Keywords:European Council; Lisbon; Treaty



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