The European Convention and the Process of Creating the Constitutional Treaty

No.4(2007)

Abstract
The European Constitutional Treaty is the most important document in the last decade of EU history not only because of its content, but also due to the process of its development. The European Convention on the future of the EU, as the founding platform of this treaty, reveals a number of controversial areas. It is questionable whether it is possible to declare the European Convention a genuinely democratic body and to accept its procedures as part of the EU’s future. The aim of this paper is to outline the specifics of the Convention, especially its working methods, strategies and aspirations. The author maintains that the Convention can serve as an inspiration and possible supplement to current treaty procedures, but considering experience to date it cannot be an acceptable procedure for the EU treaties revision.

Keywords:
EU; European constitution; Convention on the Future of Europe; treaty revision; Laeken declaration
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