The European Constitution in Perspective

The European Constitution in Perspective

The European Constitution in Perspective
This is the fourth major book we have produced on the Treaties which form the basis of the law of the European Union.

This publication of 384 pages on A4 paper contains the complete text of the Treaty, which consists of the Preamble, the four parts of the main Treaty, the Final Act and the Protocols and Declarations, as signed on 29 October 2004 in Rome

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The European Constitution in Perspective

This is the fourth major book we have produced on the Treaties which form the basis of the law of the European Union.

This book follows the general format of our previous books. This publication of 384 pages on A4 paper contains the complete text of the Treaty, which consists of the Preamble, the four parts of the main Treaty, the Final Act and the Protocols and Declarations, as signed on 29 October 2004 in Rome.

There are extensive analyses, including the key issues and the changes to the voting arrangements in the Council for each area, a fourteen-page detailed index and pertinent additional papers, including the Laeken Declaration.

Unlike the Treaties of Maastricht, Amsterdam and Nice, which amended the existing treaties, the Constitutional Treaty is entirely new and replaces these treaties. A detailed and extensive analysis is particularly important to understand the Treaty and to how it has evolved.

With this in mind, we have annotated each article in the new treaty with a reference to show either its link with the earlier Treaty [either the TEU or the TEC] and article numbers or whether it is a new article. In addition, we have prepared detailed summaries of the key issues and the changes from unanimity to qualified majority voting in the Council.

The publication includes:

  • The full text of the Treaty, including the new Protocols and Declarations, with the articles numbered using the revised numbering system;

  • All articles in the main Treaty have been annotated by the BMDF to indicate their links to previous treaties or whether they are 'new';

  • Treaty text reformatted from 844 pages of the IGC documents to 270 pages to make the text easier to read;

  • A synopsis of pertinent Articles;

  • A review and summary of the Principal Issues and Key Points

  • A table of business concerns;

  • A list of proposed changes from 'Unanimity' to 'Qualified Majority Voting';

  • Two Tables of Equivalences, prepared by the BMDF. The first table traces the Articles from previous treaties to the final text. The second table traces the original numbering of the Draft Treaty to the revised numbering of the final text (important because the final text of the Treaty has fundamentally changed the numbering of the articles);

  • Additional relevant papers including two speeches given at the signing of the Treaty, the Alternative Report on the Convention and the Laeken Declaration;

  • A detailed fourteen-page index, covering the four Parts of the Constitution (giving references to the Part/Article number and page number), and the Protocols and Declarations attached to the Treaty.

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