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There are even more parts of the Lisbon Treaty which can be implemented easily using the Nice Treaty: Let me cite here Article 4 from the Protocol on the Enlargement of the European Union (I found this on Jon Worths Euroblog):

2. When the Union consists of 27 Member States, Article 213(1) of the Treaty establishing the European Community and Article 126(1) of the Treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy Community shall be replaced by the following:
`1. The Members of the Commission shall be chosen on the grounds of their general competence and their independence shall be beyond doubt.
The number of Members of the Commission shall be less than the number of Member States. The Members of the Commission shall be chosen according to a rotation system based on the principle of equality, the implementing arrangements for which shall be adopted by the Council, acting unanimously.
The number of Members of the Commission shall be set by the Council, acting unanimously.'
This amendment shall apply as from the date on which the first Commission following the date of accession of the 27th Member State of the Union takes up its duties.

This means that the decrease of the number of Commissioners is already implemented.

by rz on Tue Jun 17th, 2008 at 06:54:01 AM EST

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