Berry, Homewood & Bogusz: Complete EU Law
Table of equivalences
The governing EU treaties have changed a great deal over the course of the Union’s development. The founding treaties established in the1950s have evolved significantly over time as the Union has responded to changed circumstances and shifting priorities.
In recent years the treaties have undergone significant alteration. The Treaty of Amsterdam, which entered into force in 1999, saw a new set of article numbering introduced. This exercise was repeated with the ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon in 2009. One result of this is that, at one time or another, three different sets of article numbers have been in operation. For example, the preliminary ruling procedure – a significant and central aspect of EU law – was originally known as ‘Article 177 EEC.’ This changed to ‘Article 234 EC’ by the Treaty of Amsterdam and is now called ‘Article 267 TFEU’ as a result of the Treaty of Lisbon. This, undeniably confusing, picture presents its own set of challenges. For instance, old material and old cases will refer to the now redundant article numbers but the change of numbering does nothing to affect the value of the content itself: this will still need to be used and consulted.
To help you with your research, we have combined the three sets of article numbers into one clear document.
This simple and easy-to-use table will go some way towards helping you to navigate the Treaty changes and will allow you to quickly check if you are ever unsure which version of numbers is being referred to.
For more background on the evolution of the main EU treaties and links to the consolidated versions of the texts visit the following pages on the Europa website:
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