European Union

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The European Union is an international organization of 27 member states. The EU and its constituent bodies play a major and growing role in European policy integration.

In 2007 the EU prepared the Treaty of Lisbon, which establishes a new legal basis for its activities and expands its powers and authority. The Treaty is expected to be ratified by all member states by the end of 2008 and enter into force in 2009.

The Lisbon Treaty incorporates the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, whose Article 3, entitled “Rights to the Integrity of the Person,” prohibits human reproductive cloning, “eugenic practices, in particular those aiming at the selection of persons,” and “making the human body and its parts as such a source of financial gain.”

The rejection of the Treaty by Irish voters in 2008 causes the future of the treaty, and the incorporation of the Charter of Fundamental Rights, to be in doubt.

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Table

The Table shows the status of the 2007 Treaty of Lisbon for each member state.

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Key

  • RATIFIED: This country has ratified this measure, and thus agrees to abide by its provisions.
  • signed: This country has signed this measure, indicating an intent to ratify it.
  • blank cell: This country has neither signed nor ratified this measure.


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  Population 2007 Treaty of Lisbon
Austria 8,316,487 RATIFIED
Belgium 10,584,534 signed
Bulgaria 7,933,000 RATIFIED
Cyprus 788,457 signed
Czech Republic 10,381,130 signed
Denmark 5,475,791 RATIFIED
Estonia 1,340,602 signed
Finland 5,308,208 signed
France 64,473,140 RATIFIED
Germany 82,210,000 RATIFIED
Greece 11,216,708 signed
Hungary 10,053,000 RATIFIED
Ireland 6,000,000 signed
Italy 59,448,163 signed
Latvia 2,270,700 RATIFIED
Lithuania 3,369,600 RATIFIED
Luxembourg 480,222 signed
Malta 402,000 RATIFIED
Netherlands 16,408,557 signed
Poland 38,518,241 RATIFIED
Portugal 10,848,692 RATIFIED
Romania 22,246,862 RATIFIED
Slovakia 5,447,502 RATIFIED
Slovenia 2,023,358 RATIFIED
Spain 45,200,737 signed
Sweden 9,182,927 signed
United Kingdom 60,587,300 signed