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Wednesday, 12 December 2007

Participation of the President of the Republic of Poland in the Treaty of Lisbon signing ceremony

In the afternoon of 12 December 2007, the President of the Republic of Poland, Lech Kaczyński, left for Lisbon. On 13 December, in his capacity as the head of the Polish delegation, the President of Poland attended the signing ceremony of the Treaty of Lisbon amending the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community.

The ceremony of the signing of the Treaty by the representatives of the 27 EU Member States was held at noontime in Lisbon’s Jeronimos Monastery.

Subsequently, the heads of the state delegations attended a dinner hosted by the President of the Portuguese Republic, Anibal Cavaco Silva, in honour of the heads of state and government. The President of the Republic of Poland, heading the Polish delegation, is accompanied by the Prime Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and two Ministers from the Presidential Chancellery: Robert Draba and Michał Kamiński.

The President of the Republic of Poland is due back in Warsaw on the evening of 13 December 2007.

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The signing of the Treaty of Lisbon should be regarded as a success of all the EU Member States and as a conclusion of the European Union’s institutional reform process. The Polish President welcomed with satisfaction the agreement on Treaty reform reached at the informal EU Lisbon Summit. The Polish side is satisfied in particular with an agreement on the inclusion of the procedure for the modification of the Joanina mechanism in primary legislation, with the granting to Poland of one permanent Advocate General in the European Court of Justice and with the solution of the issue of a new division of seats in the European Parliament. The Treaty of Lisbon is an international agreement amending the existing Treaties on European Union, the European Community and the European Atomic Energy Community. Without replacing the existing Treaties, the new Treaty merely amends them.

The Treaty of Lisbon consists of a preamble and seven articles:

- Article 1 – includes amendments to the Treaty on European Union,
- Article 2 – includes amendments to the Treaty establishing the European Community, to be renamed ‘Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union’.
- Articles 3-7 – include final provisions.

Protocols have been attached to the Treaty, which form its integral part and are equal in force to the Treaties.
Moreover, declarations relevant to the construction of the Treaty within the meaning of international law have been incorporated in the Final Act of the Intergovernmental Conference (i.e. the body established to amend the Treaties, made up of representatives of the Member States). 

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