Turkish acting Parliament Speaker Meral Aksener said enlargement would enrich the European Union (EU) by all means.
Aksener who is representing Turkey in the EU Parliament Speaker's Conference at the Swedish Parliament said with the enforcement of the Lisbon treaty the EU would leave behind institutional debates and problems that has been occupying its agenda for the past decade.
She said the Lisbon treaty would enhance the transparent and democratic qualities of the EU, strengthen its corporate structure and decision making bodies, EU citizens fundamental rights and freedoms and EU's global role.
She said they welcomed the Lisbon Treaty as it increased the powers of the European Parliament and enabled greater participation for national parliaments in EU's decision making processes.
She said the enforcement of the Lisbon treaty invalidated the arguments of those who argued that corporate uncertainty was an obstacle in front of enlargement.
She said the future of EU and Turkey which shared a common history and geography could not be thought as separate.
The Treaty of Lisbon was signed by the EU member states on 13 December 2007, and entered into force on 1 December 2009.
It amends the Treaty on European Union (TEU, Maastricht; 1992) and the Treaty establishing the European Community (TEC, Rome; 1957). In this process, the TEC was renamed to Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).
Prominent changes included more qualified majority voting in the Council of Ministers, increased involvement of the European Parliament in the legislative process through extended codecision with the Council of Ministers, the elimination of the pillar system and the creation of a long-term President of the European Council and a High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy to present a united position on EU policies. The Treaty also made the Union's human rights charter, the Charter of Fundamental Rights, legally binding.
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