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A wider solidarity clause

The EMI applauds the terms of the solidarity clause, taken completely from the Constitution and contained in Art. 222 TFEU. At the same time, the EMI considers that the clause does not contemplate the full range of risks. There are other risks apart from natural or human disasters and terrorist attacks. There are also risks… » read more

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Any proposal for the future of the EU lies under the spectre of whether the Lisbon Treaty is finally ratified in January 2009. Regardless of the method used, ratification by end January 2009 is crucial and the EMI must devote all its efforts to ensuring that this happens. The easiest way to achieve ratification is… » read more

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We need to return to the idea of having a Constitution which underpins the whole system, is synthetic and not easily changed, as it is the “frontispiece of legality” (Kelsen). This Constitution should have an annex which ought to be called Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). What is completely inadmissible is the current bifurcation… » read more

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We must recover the terminology used in the Draft Constitutional Treaty (Arts. I.32-I.38) to describe the sources of EU Law: “European laws, European framework laws, European regulations, European decisions, recommendations and opinions.” Fruit of a most regrettably regressive turn of mind, the Lisbon Treaty goes back to the old system of sources contained in the… » read more

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Re-establish the symbols of the EU which were included in Art. I-8 European Constitution Draft Treaty (Rome II) and subsequently omitted in the Lisbon Treaty. We cannot simply assume that these symbols will be used in some, and perhaps even all, Member States. The political and legal character of the EU must be made visible… » read more

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We need to re-establish the primacy of EU Law over the laws of the Member States, as was affirmed in art. I-6 of the European Constitution Draft Treaty. This premise was left out of the Lisbon Treaty. Some claim that this is not necessary since the idea of the primacy of EU Law is fully… » read more

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An exercise could be that European citizens one day hold a big conference on how they would like the constitution of Europe to look like. They could invite all kinds of experts have debates and workgroups and in the end vote a constitution. Citizen could be randomly selected thought making sure that all kinds of… » read more

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Keep up the good work

My idea for Europe is simple. The EU should keep up the good work. If the pre-Lisbon time in EU affairs was almost solely about solving the EU’s institutional problems, then the post-Lisbon period should be about getting on with the business of running the integration process. This idea runs counter-intuitive to the history of… » read more

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