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(p. 172) 10. From Amsterdam to Lisbon (2000–09) 

(p. 172) 10. From Amsterdam to Lisbon (2000–09)
(p. 172) 10. From Amsterdam to Lisbon (2000–09)

Simon Bulmer

, Owen Parker

, Ian Bache

, Stephen George

, and Charlotte Burns

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This chapter examines the new strategy adopted in March 2000 by a special European Council in Lisbon to make the European Union (EU) more competitive, culminating in the signing of the Treaty of Lisbon. The Amsterdam Treaty had scarcely entered into force before further Treaty reform emerged on the agenda. Throughout the year 2000, a new intergovernmental conference met to address outstanding institutional issues that had not been settled at Amsterdam. It concluded in December 2000 with the longest European Council in history, which led to the Treaty of Nice. The chapter first considers the Nice Treaty, before discussing the Lisbon Strategy, the European Security and Defence Policy, the Constitutional Treaty, the issue of enlargement, the European Parliament (EP), and the nomination of a new European Commission. It ends with a discussion of the Treaty of Lisbon.

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