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Last update: 01 06 2010

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Legal expert: No never-never land with Lisbon Treaty

Ivo Šlosarčík is a lecturer of European and international law at Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles Univesity, and New York University in Prague. He is an expert on legal issues of European integration, judicial and police cooperation in the EU, and Czech reform of civil service and judiciary. He participated in the seminar on the ways how to influence European legislation in the new legislative framework after the Lisbon Treaty organised by the Institute for European Policy Europeum.

Šlosarčík doubts whether the new institutional framework will really bring the more effective decision making in Europe both in terms of internal and external policies. He says that non-existence of stronger institutions served often as an excuse for no action on European level. But it is more about will of the politicians, he thinks.
“We have to wait if the reform aimed at increasing the efficiency of the institutions and listening to ordinary citizens will not lead to the frustration because it is primarily about people around the institutions and conditions in which the institutions could be found.”

Institutions are not enough. We need to have people with strong political vision who can push things through but at the same time, we need governments that want to listen, Šlosarčík explains what the Europe needs most to work properly.

But nevertheless, it is still very important how the new institutional framework will be implemented and how the players such as national parliaments will be able and capable to use their new powers, he argues.

“The rules written in the Lisbon Treaty are vague so it will depend how the institutions define their territory and if it will be respected or not.”