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Argument: Lisbon reduces number of EU Commissioners to streamline Commission

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"Treaty of Lisbon. Questions and Answers". - What are the main institutional changes introduced by the Treaty?

From 2014 the number of the Commissioners will be reduced in size in order to streamline the Commission. There will no longer be a Commissioner from every country - but from two-thirds of the Member States. Commissioners will be selected on a system of equal rotation among the Member States to serve five-year terms. So there would be a national from each Member State in two Commissions out of three.

The European Parliament will have no more than 751 members. The delegate numbers for each country have been fixed to a maximum of 96 and a minimum of 6 for each Member State.

A new permanent post, the President of the European Council, is created. He or she will be appointed by the European Council for a two and a half years period. This will provide greater continuity and stability to the work of the European Council.

It creates a High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. He or she will also become Vice-President of the Commission, and will chair the External Relations Council. This will strengthen coherence in external action and raise the EU’s profile in the world, “putting a face” on the Union.

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