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Evropská ústava: institucionální návrhy a jejch důsledky
Constitution for Europe: Institutional Drafts and their Consequences

Author(s): Markéta Pitrová
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Mezinárodní politologický ústav Masarykovy univerzity v Brně
Keywords: EU constitution; ratification procedure; weighting of votes; European Commission members; simplification of treaties;

Summary/Abstract: The Draft Treaty establishing the Constitution for Europe was developed in the Convention on the future of Europe that was not convened as the constituent body. In addition, it consisted of representatives not enjoying equal rights. The conditions of the draft negotiation are therefore completely different from the treaty revisions that have been made so far. The EU constitution consists of four parts including the Charter of human rights. Although the draft is meant to simplify the EU treaties complex and to be a comprehensible document, its analysis demonstrates many problematic issues. This article is focused especially on the most important institutional changes, particularly on the European Commission, weighting of the votes in the Council and the EU presidency. The analysis concentrates on the influence of the proposed modifications upon the institutional co-operation and EU stability. Special attention is devoted to the ratification procedure including the draft presumption that the Constitution will enter into force after ratification by 4/5 of the member states.

  • Issue Year: X/2003
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 315-337
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: Czech