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EU: Legislative Competence

Volume 699: debated on Thursday 28 February 2008

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

On which areas of United Kingdom national life the European Union is not able to legislate. [HL1987]

For the first time the Lisbon treaty defines the Union’s competences, setting out where the EU can and cannot act. These competences are set out in Article 2(12) of the treaty of Lisbon—Cm 7294, pages 52-55—presented to Parliament in December 2007. The treaty explicitly states that competences not conferred on the EU remain with member states.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

On which new areas of United Kingdom national life the European Union will be able to legislate if the Lisbon treaty is ratified. [HL1988]

For the first time the Lisbon treaty defines the Union's competences, setting out where the EU can and cannot act. These competences are set out in Article 2(12) of the treaty of Lisbon—Cm 7294, pages 52-55—presented to Parliament in December 2007. The treaty explicitly states that competences not conferred on the EU remain with member states.