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Is the Lisbon Treaty delivering for citizens?

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Is the Lisbon Treaty delivering for citizens?

Date: 18 Mar 2011 - 18 Mar 2011

Host: European Ombudsman

City: Brussels


About the event

"Is the Lisbon Treaty delivering for citizens?"

Seminar organised by the European Ombudsman

18 March 2011, 10:00-12:00
followed by a reception
Room JAN 4Q1 (entrance: József Antall building), European Parliament, Brussels

The Lisbon Treaty has now been in force for over a year. It has been praised as "The citizens' Treaty" because it provides for more citizen participation, an enhanced dialogue between the EU and civil society organisations, and increased rights, such as the new right to good administration. But has the Lisbon Treaty really delivered on its promises? What concrete improvements has the Lisbon Treaty brought for citizens? What mistakes, if any, have been made? And what remains to be done?

Keynote speaker:

The President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy
"Reassuring European citizens: democratic checks and balances in the Union".

To discuss the above mentioned questions, the European Ombudsman, P. Nikiforos Diamandouros, was joined by the following speakers:

● The Vice-President of the European Parliament, Diana Wallis
"The European Citizens' Initiative - The direct link"

● The Vice-President of the European Commission, Viviane Reding
"Delivering justice for citizens - the Treaty of Lisbon, from institutional input to policy impact"

● The Head of the European Policy Centre, Hans Martens
"Can the Lisbon Treaty keep Europe relevant for the Europeans?"

Ann Cahill, President of the International Press Association, chaired the event.

Report of the event

A report of the event is available at:

Further information:

Gundi Gadesmann
Head of Communication
Tel.:+32 (0) 2 284 26 09
Contact: Gundi Gadesmann