TITLE

A Constitution for Europe

PUB. DATE
February 2004
SOURCE
Management Services;Feb2004, Vol. 48 Issue 2, p12
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article presents a synopsis of the key factors in the draft treaty establishing the European Constitution. The treaty fundamentally changes the structure and nature of the European Union. It merges the two principal treaties of the Union and incorporates the Charter of Fundamental Rights. The treaty removes the three pillar structure introduced by the Maastricht Treaty. It is a compromise and reflects the tension arising from the conflicting interests of the small and large states and the two principal views in which direction of the Union might go. It also comprises four parts. The first part contains the text of the constitution. The second part contains the Charter of Fundamental Rights. Part III contains the detailed provisions on how the constitution will operate. And part IV contains the general provisions, including the ratification procedures. The Preamble at the beginning of the treaty was written by Giscard d'Estaing after the treaty had been formulated and serves to describe his aspirations for the constitution. Although it is not binding, the Preamble is important in that it is intended to express the clear common political will among the contracting parties and to define the intentions of the Union.
ACCESSION #
12388978

 

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