Argument: Lisbon Treaty integration benefits economies of EU countries
- Debate: EU constitution reform treaty (Lisbon Treaty) - pro argument.
"Lisbon Reform Treaty - good for women, good for Ireland and good for Europe." Labour party of Ireland. 19 Mar. 2008 - "Membership of the EU has been a resounding success for the Irish economy. It has allowed us to grow from being one of the poorest members upon joining in 1973 to now being one of its most well off. We have benefited to the tune of many billions of euro from European structural funds. By giving us access to a market of half a billion people for our exports, the future importance of the EU to our economy should not be underestimated, especially when media reports are focussing on the downturn in the US and the weakening dollar."