Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP has today welcomed the decision
by the European Parliament's constitutional affairs
committee to support the protocol on the concerns of the
Irish people in relation to the Treaty of Lisbon.
The protocol is a separate legal instrument covering issues
including the right to life, family and education, taxation
and security and defence.
Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP said today "I welcome
today's decision by the constitutional affairs
committee, which adheres to the express wishes of the Irish
people. The protocol clearly states that the
provisions within the Irish constitution on the right to
life and family are not affected by the Lisbon Treaty. The
protocol recognises the competence of Member States
concerning taxation. This is important due to the ongoing
debate on corporation tax matters. Furthermore,
Ireland's traditional policy of military neutrality is
protected by the protocol."
The protocol will be ratified by all EU Member States when
Croatia enters the European Union on 01 July 2013. The
European Parliament must provide its consent for the
protocol to become legally binding. The Plenary of the
European Parliament will vote on the protocol during the
April session in Strasbourg. The result of today's vote
in the constitutional affairs committee was 21 in favour
with one abstention.