Lisbon Treaty in 2009. Since the Treaty of Lisbon, the rules on EU defence policy are set out in Articles 42-46 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU). THE MUTUAL SOLIDARITY CLAUSE The Solidarity Clause has not been given much attention since the establishment of the Lisbon Treaty and is often confused with the Mutual Assistance Clause found under article 42(7) TEU. According to the tables of equivalences annexed to the Treaty of Lisbon, Article 42 of the EU Treaty corresponds to the former Article 17 of the EU Treaty (and to Article 28 A in an intermediate numbering of the Treaty of Lisbon). Declaration on Article 16(4) of the Treaty on European Union and Article 238(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union ..... 258 8. I have included the full text of these Articles in an Annex to this post. The Lisbon Treaty has a new article that allows restrictive measures ... 42).

This does not include defence matters, though. Some minutes ago,in the name of France,JYLD decided to invoke the article 42.7 of the Lisbon treaty. Declaration on practical measures to be taken upon the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon as regards the Presidency of the European Council and of the Protocol (No 11) on Article 42 of the Treaty on European Union (EU), annexed to the EU Treaty by the Treaty of Lisbon.

7. That's a good news i guess. “If a member of the European Union is the victim of armed aggression on its territory, other states have an obligation of aid and assistance by all the means in their power.”

On the other hand, the article in question also includes a bridging clause—or passerelle—whereby it can be decided by unanimity in the European Council to move some area of decisionmaking, beyond the four listed, from unanimity to QMV. 1: Article 42 (7) TEU states: If a Member State is the victim of armed aggression on its territory, the other Member States shall have towards it an obligation of aid and assistance by all the means in their power, in accordance with Article 51 of the United Nations Charter. (There's no English article at the moment but will post it if found) @mike2000 is back @Penguin @Taygibay @flamer84 @bobo6661 … L’effet Le Drian-For God's sake,it's time for Europe to act/do something !