Saturday 29 January 2011
Changes brought by the Treaty of Lisbon and the Stockholm Programme concerning justice and home affairs policy
The Lisbon Treaty coming into force brought significant changes for the justice and home affairs policy of the EU and its member states: The sector of police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters has been made collaborative and now belongs to the standard in all areas of EU policy. Majority decisions are now possible, but on the other hand, the European Parliament has the right of codecision. The amendments are combined with an upgrading of existing EU-agencies as well as the foundation of new ones, for example Europol, Frontex, the civilian-military External Action Service or the secret service center SitCen. The introduction will explain the present legal and political structure of the EU and scenarios will outline its development.