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    • Commons Briefing papers: Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
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The Treaty of Lisbon after the Second Irish Referdum
Published Thursday, October 8, 2009 | Commons Briefing papers RP09-75
In a referendum on 2 October 2009 the Republic of Ireland voted by 67.1% to 32.9% in favour of ratifying the Treaty of Lisbon, having voted against its ratification in June 2008. Politically, the second vote was predicated on concessions agreed by the European Council in December 2008 and confirmed in June 2009 as “guarantees” to be formalised in a protocol attached to the next accession treaty. The positive Irish vote was welcomed by the EU institutions and other Member States, but Poland and the Czech Republic still have not completed ratification. This paper looks at the background to the referendum and other ratification developments.
The Lisbon Treaty: ratification issues in Ireland, Germany, Poland and Czech Republic
Published Friday, August 14, 2009 | Commons Briefing papers SN05147
This Note looks at ratification of the Lisbon Treaty in Ireland, Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland. It updates Standard Note 4943, "The Lisbon Treaty: the final four", 20 January 2009, and SN 4921, "The Lisbon Treaty: the European Council and prospects for Irish ratification", 18 December 2008.
Environmental noise, July 2009
Published Wednesday, July 1, 2009 | POSTnotes POST-PN-338
This POSTnote examines the effects of noise, the EU Environmental Noise Directive (END) and practical measures for noise management.
Crop protection, June 2009
Published Monday, June 1, 2009 | POSTnotes POST-PN-336
The pesticide approvals process in Europe is changing. This POSTnote explores the potential implications for UK agriculture and horticulture and examines other crop protection strategies available that complement or compensate for pesticides.
The Treaty of Lisbon: Government and Parliamentary views on a referendum
Published Friday, May 15, 2009 | Commons Briefing papers SN05071
This Note looks at the present and past governments' views on holding referendums on the ratification of EC Treaties. It focuses in particular on the Treaty of Lisbon and the Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe. It also looks at parliamentary debate and public opinion on the referendum issue
EU bibliographies: Timeshare Directives
Published Wednesday, March 18, 2009 | Commons Briefing papers SN05015
This Note brings together documents relevant to UK legislation on the application of EU Timeshare Directives.
The UK Parliament and European Business: recent reforms and scrutiny issues
Published Tuesday, February 24, 2009 | Commons Briefing papers SN04977
This Note looks at changes to EU scrutiny procedures in 2008 and 2009, as well as other scrutiny issues, such as the Government's use of the scrutiny override and Parliament's role in considering agreement on a "general approach" in the Council of Ministers.
EU bibliographies: posting of workers
Published Wednesday, February 11, 2009 | Commons Briefing papers SN04966
This Note brings together documents relevant to the so-called 'Posted workers Directive', Council Directive 96/71/EC. It is not an attempt to define policy in this area. For information on policy developments contact Jacqueline Parker on extn 4317. See also SN/BT/301 Posted Workers and SN/BT/4501 Government policy on "British jobs for British workers".
2009 European Parliament Elections: parties, polls and recent developments
Published Thursday, January 29, 2009 | Commons Briefing papers SN04954
The European Parliament (EP) elections will be held in the UK on 4 June 2009, alongside local elections. This Note looks at the EC Treaty base for the elections, public views and voter turnout, and European political groups and parties.
The Lisbon Treaty: the final four
Published Tuesday, January 20, 2009 | Commons Briefing papers SN04943
This Note looks at progress in the ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon which was signed in December 2007. It updates Research paper 08/66, "The Treaty of Lisbon: an Uncertain Future" 30 July 2008, in this regard.
The Lisbon Treaty: the European Council and prospects for Irish ratification
Published Thursday, December 18, 2008 | Commons Briefing papers SN04921
This Note looks at the discussions in Ireland, the European Union Institutions and other Member States about the prospects for Irish ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon. It considers the declarations on concessions agreed by the European Council on 11-12 December 2008 which are intended to facilitate Irish ratification in 2009.
Eurosceptic campaigns alleging the abolition of Westminster
Published Thursday, November 20, 2008 | Commons Briefing papers SN04894
This Note looks at a few eurosceptic campaigns alleging that the EU will remove England from the map of Europe and abolish the government and parliament at Westminster. It considers the EU instruments linked to such allegations.
European Union (Amendment) Bill [Bill 48 of 2007-08]
Published Tuesday, January 15, 2008 | Commons Briefing papers RP08-03
EU Reform: a new treaty or an old constitution?
Published Tuesday, July 24, 2007 | Commons Briefing papers RP07-64
The UK Parliament and European Business
Published Friday, December 2, 2005 | Commons Briefing papers RP05-85
European Union Bill (Bill 45 of 2004/05)
Published Thursday, February 3, 2005 | Commons Briefing papers RP05-12
The treaty establishing a constitution for Europe - the Charter of Fundamental Rights
Published Thursday, November 25, 2004 | Commons Briefing papers RP04-85
This Paper looks at Part II of the Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe (the “European Constitution”), which was agreed at the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) on 18 June 2004 and published in its final, edited form on 13 October 2004.
The treaty establishing a constitution for Europe: part IV and protocols
Published Thursday, October 21, 2004 | Commons Briefing papers RP04-77
The treaty establishing a constitution for Europe: part IV and protocols. House of Commons Library Research Paper 04/77.
The treaty establishing a constitution for Europe: part III
Published Friday, October 8, 2004 | Commons Briefing papers RP04-75
This Paper looks at Part III of the Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe (the European Constitution), which was agreed at the Intergovernmental Conference on 18 June 2004 and published in edited form on 6 August 2004.

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