The EU Constitution was rejected by the French and Dutch voters in 2005. The Lisbon Treaty just displaced disputed elements of the Constitution to the Treaties of  Amsterdam and Nice - the only real change of the Constitution being the omission of the use of the EU symbols.
But now the EU unmasks its real intentions and loses the final remnant of its credibility.
EU parliament Press Release Sept. 11, 2008: "The European Union flag, anthem and motto are to be formally recognised by the European Parliament in October.

A proposal to amend Parliament's rules of procedure so as to formalise its use of these symbols was approved by the Constitutional Affairs Committee on Thursday, but still needs to be endorsed in plenary session.

The flag, a circle of twelve golden stars on a blue background, will be displayed in all EP meeting rooms and at EP official events, says the report, drafted by Carlos Carnero Gonzales (PES, ES) and  approved in committee with 20 votes in favour and four against.
The anthem, based on the "Ode to Joy" from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, is to be performed at the opening ceremony following each European election and at formal sittings. 

The motto, "United in diversity", will be reproduced on all Parliament's official documents.
Finally, the celebration of Europe Day on 9 May is also to be formally recognised in Parliament's rules of procedure.
Any amendment to the rules of procedure must be approved by an absolute majority of MEPs (i.e. at least 393 votes in favour).

EurActiv Sept.12, 2008 :"Symbols are vital elements of any communication process [and] convey an emotional image of the underlying values of the organisations they represent," reads the draft recommendation adopted by the committee by a majority of a 20 votes to four.
The text also regrets that the symbols have become a "collateral victim" of efforts made to reach an agreement on the Lisbon Treaty among all 27 member states

The flag, anthem and Europe Day were adopted at the EU summit in Milan in 1985, while the 'United in Diversity' slogan became the EU's official motto in 2000. However, the use of these symbols was never made legally binding. They were included in the ill-fated European Constitution, but following its rejection in France and the Netherlands, EU leaders could not agree to make them part of the Lisbon Treaty.

16 EU states, including founding members Germany and Italy but not France, nevertheless succeeded in pushing through a declaration in the treaty's annex, reaffirming that the flag and anthem "will continue as symbols to express the sense of community of the people in the European Union and their allegiance to it".

These symbols would give Europe "a soul" and would help citizens to better identify with the Union, Jo Leinen, the German chairman of the Constitutional Affairs Committee, told EurActiv.
He was certain that the plenary would confirm the committee's vote, and also expressed his hope that the Commission and member states will follow Parliament's lead. But the Commission said it had not yet decided whether it would take similar measures."

The Telegraph, Sept. 13, 2008 :"
"You can help the public's identification of things by giving them a logo - the schematic bloke indicating the door to the gents being one instance that springs to mind. Their identification with things is a whole other matter.

Did Sam Leith of the Telegraph become British in stead of e.g. German due to the Union Jack, among other things, or did he accept the Union Jack because he was British?

Do you know who came up with this hearts-and-minds-winning phrase, incidentally? The committee's document tells us.
A competition was run among 2,200 schools in the then 15 member states. In May 2000, the European Parliament's president, Nicole Fontaine, announced the result: "Union in diversity". "This phrase was altered slightly by the European Convention," the document explains.

Then it was unilaterally altered by people who decided they knew better in order to get a result they preferred.It is, as the Committee on Constitutional Affairs so elegantly puts it, "the perfect definition of the essence of the European project".

Unfortunately symbols have a higher identity-forming value than assumed by the Telegraph.
Identity is inextricably connected with symbolism of some kind.

What else than the Dannebrog makes the Danes "Danes" in this aera of  historylessness of the New World Order than this flag, the Royal House of foreign immigrants, and the always losing All-Denmark football team?

Nearly all empires - or would be-empires - of the world have had an eagle, a lion a bear or some other animal of prey as its main symbol to show its right to swallow their neighbours. With its stars the Fabian-socialist dialogue-oriented EU is towering above that sort  of vulgar brutality - as long as it has no army!.  But now it wants a European army (EUFOR) to abate internal and not too strong resistance.

Nazidom furthermore had the twisted Aryan cross - and the Soviet the hammer and sickle being used by millions of proletarians to signify their identity which they could not express in words.
Millions of Germans were not Nazis at the beginning - but marched into death to the Horst Wessel song and straightened their backs to the marches of "Alte Kameraden" or the "Hohen Friedberger" etc. Or what about the Stars and Stripes or the Union Jack?
Symbols give pride to people with low self-esteem - and give them something indefinable to share in a community.

Symbols are the first things we connect with identity - and the last things to perish - even when ideology has removed any contents of the word.
Here Waffen SS-graves.
So Sam Leith of the Telegraph is right when he says "You could argue that - if we let this pass - our children will all be brainwashed into shiny happy Eurobots."

In stead of having to explain the entire credo Christians reduced their creed to identifying themselves with the symbol of the cross - this unfortunately enabling the leaders of the churches - i.e. the servants of the political rulers - to twist the teachings of Christ according to the rulers´political wishes.

So, there is any reason to take the EU symbols very, very seriosly: They  are the New World Order´s internmediary  conveying to us of a New international identity to replace our  ancient, Christian national identities - as I shall further comment on in  post to come.