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Fianna Fáil

03/21/2012 | Press release

MEP Gallagher welcomes EP support for Ireland’s protocol to the Lisbon Treaty

distributed by noodls on 03/21/2012 13:31

Posted on 21/03/12 by Pat The Cope Gallagher

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.