Maastricht Treaty Title VII
The provisions of the Treaty establishing the European Community, the Treaty
establishing the European Coal and Steel Community and the Treaty establishing
the European Atomic Energy Community concerning the powers of the Court of
Justice of the European Communities and the exercise of those powers shall
apply only to the following provisions of this Treaty:
(a) provisions amending the Treaty establishing the European Economic
Community, the Treaty establishing the European Coal and Steel Community and
the Treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy Community;
(b) the third subparagraph of Article K.3(2)(c);
(c) articles L to S.
Subject to the provisions amending the Treaty establishing the European
Economic Community with a view to establishing the European Community, the
Treaty establishing the European Coal and Steel Community and the Treaty
establishing the European Atomic Energy Community, and to these final
provisions, nothing in this Treaty shall effect the Treaties establishing the
European Communities or the subsequent Treaties and Acts modifying or
- The government of any Member State or the Commission may submit to the
Council proposals for the amendment of the Treaties on which the Union is
If the Council, after consulting the European Parliament and, where
appropriate, the Commission, delivers an opinion in favour of calling a
conference of representatives of the governments of the Member States, the
conference shall be convened by the President of the Council for the purpose
of determining by common accord the amendments to be made to those Treaties.
The European Central Bank shall also be consulted in the case of institutional
changes in the monetary area.
The amendments shall enter into force after being ratified by all the Member
States in accordance with their respective constitutional requirements.
- A conference of representatives of the governments of the Member States
shall be convened in 1996 to examine those provisions of this Treaty for which
revision is provided, in accordance with the objectives set out in Articles A
Any European State may apply to become a Member of the Union. It shall address
its application to the Council, which shall act unanimously after consulting
the Commission and after receiving the assent of the European Parliament,
which shall act by an absolute majority of its component members.
The conditions of admission and the adjustments to the Treaties on which the
Union is founded which such admission entails shall be the subject of an
agreement between the Member States and the applicant State. This agreement
shall be submitted for ratification by all the contracting States in
accordance with their respective constitutional requirements.
- Articles 2 to 7 and 10 to 19 of the Treaty establishing a Single Council
and a Single Commission of the European Communities, signed in Brussels on 8
April 1965, are hereby repealed.
- Article 2, Article 3(2) and Title III of the Single European Act signed in
Luxembourg on 17 February 1986 and in the Hague on February 1986 are hereby
This Treaty is concluded for an unlimited period.
- This Treaty shall be ratified by the High Contracting Parties in accordance
with their respective constitutional requirements. The instruments of
ratification shall be deposited with the government of the Italian Republic.
- This Treaty shall enter into force on 1 January 1993, provided that all the
instruments of ratification have been deposited, or, failing that, on the
first day of the month following the deposit of the instrument of ratification
by the last signatory State to take this step.
This Treaty, drawn up in a single original in the Danish, Dutch, English,
French, German, Greek, Irish, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish languages, the
texts in each of these languages being equally authentic, shall be deposited
in the archives of the government of the Italian Republic, which will transmit
a certified copy to each of the governments of the other signatory States.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned Plenipotentiaries have signed this Treaty.
Done at Maastricht on the seventh day of February one thousand nine hundred
and ninety two
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