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The EU commemorates ten years of the Lisbon Treaty with “the duty” to preserve “the treasury of freedoms”

December 1, 2019

Commemoration of the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon – REUTERS / JOHANNA GERON


The four presidents of the European Union have commemorated this Sunday the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon – the text that regulates the functioning of the 27-member Europe – with the intention of preserving “a treasure of peace, rights and freedoms “, in the words of the new president of the European Commission, the German Ursula von der Leyen.

“We have inherited a treasure, a continent in peace, with rights, freedoms, single market, unprecedented economic opportunities. Our duty is to preserve this treasure. Europe is something we all have to build, brick by brick, day by day,” he said. declared at the beginning of the ceremony, held at the House of European History, in Brussels (Belgium).

Von der Leyen has been accompanied by the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli; the president of the European Council, Charles Michel, and the president of the European Central Bank, Christine Lagarde. Both Von der Leyen and Michel assume this Sunday the beginning of their mandate, coinciding with the anniversary of the treaty.

“In these ten years they have taken to the streets with the European flag, millions have been inspired to join in the anthem. Our responsibility is to be a champion for Europeans,” added Von der Leyen.

Michel, for his part, has applauded the diversity that ultimately shapes the European identity. “It is what gives us this special feeling of being European,” he said.

“The Lisbon Treaty,” he added, “identifies this diversity and adds a brick to the architecture of the European Union and improves the democratic effectiveness of this block.” For Michel, the treaty has been “a success and is as relevant today as it was ten years ago.”

“Today we celebrate a new beginning with hope, five years marked by an ambitious European agenda in the 21st century,” he concluded.

For its part, Sassoli has stated that the European Parliament is ready to work “together, as a single team, to move forward in the construction of Europe.”

“We need to turn the promises of recent months into results that improve the life of citizens. From the fight against climate change to curb the constant increase in the cost of living, Europeans want to see real and concrete actions,” he said .

“A difficult path that requires a strong commitment on our part to meet the expectations of millions of European citizens who mobilized in the elections last May with a significant increase in participation compared to the previous ones,” he said.