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Document 12008M001

Consolidated version of the Treaty on European Union - TITLE I: COMMON PROVISIONS - Article 1 (ex Article 1 TEU)

OJ C 115, 9.5.2008, p. 16–16 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, GA, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

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12008M001

Consolidated version of the Treaty on European Union - TITLE I: COMMON PROVISIONS - Article 1 (ex Article 1 TEU)

Official Journal 115 , 09/05/2008 P. 0016 - 0016


Article 1

(ex Article 1 TEU) [2]

By this Treaty, the HIGH CONTRACTING PARTIES establish among themselves a EUROPEAN UNION, hereinafter called "the Union" on which the Member States confer competences to attain objectives they have in common.

This Treaty marks a new stage in the process of creating an ever closer union among the peoples of Europe, in which decisions are taken as openly as possible and as closely as possible to the citizen.

The Union shall be founded on the present Treaty and on the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (hereinafter referred to as "the Treaties"). Those two Treaties shall have the same legal value. The Union shall replace and succeed the European Community.

[2] These references are merely indicative. For more ample information, please refer to the tables of equivalences between the old and the new numbering of the Treaties.

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