Portugal had insisted on and supported Germany to agree on a mandate for an intergovernmental conference under its presidency. Following the June negotiations and the final agreement on a 16-party framework for the new Reform Treaty, the Intergovernmental Conference began on 23 July 2007 on the effective drafting of the new Treaty. The Intergovernmental Conference opened after a brief ceremony. The Portuguese Presidency presented a 145-page document (containing an additional 132 pages containing 12 minutes and 51 declarations) entitled `Draft Treaty amending the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community` and presented it on the Council of Ministers` website as a starting point for the drafting process.  The President of the European Council is appointed by the European Council by a qualified majority for a period of two and a half years. A President may be reconstituted and dismissed in accordance with the same voting procedure. Unlike the office of President of the European Commission, the appointment of the President of the European Council should not reflect the composition of the European Parliament.  The work of the President includes the coordination of the work of the European Council, the organisation of its meetings and the minutes of its activities in the European Parliament after each session. This makes the President the linchpin of negotiations to reach an agreement at the European Councils, which has become a more difficult task with the gradual enlargement of the EU to 28 Member States.
The President also chairs informal summits of the 19 Member States that use the euro as their currency. In addition, the President of the Union shall provide external representation on foreign and security policy issues where such representation is necessary at the level of Heads of State and Government (bilateral and G8/G20 summits). The Lisbon Agreement on the Protection of Appellations of Origin and their International Registration, signed on 31 October 1958, ensures that appellations of origin are protected in the Member States when they are protected in their country of origin. It establishes rules on what is considered an appellation of origin, safeguard measures and establishes an international register of appellations of origin maintained by the World Intellectual Property Organization. The agreement entered into force in 1966 and was revised in Stockholm in 1967 and amended in 1979 and 2015. As of May 2015, 30 States are parties to the Convention and 1000 appellations of origin have been registered.  The name “Reform Treaty” also appeared during the June session, which eventually clarified that the constitutional approach had been abandoned. . .