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The EU Constitution One of the key elements in understanding the European Union and its future is to have a solid grasp of the EU Constitution and the issue of member state acceptance of the Constitution. The EU Constitution builds off the texts and amendments of its predecessors (collectively called the Nice Treaty). Before there ever was a European Union, there was the European Coal and Steel Community and the European Economic Commission. When the European Union was formed in the 1992 Maastricht Treaty, a new constitution was not forged; articles from the previous organizations were adopted as the EU’s own. However, in 2004 the European Union attempted to “bring together…the many treaties and agreements on which the EU is based” by drafting a constitution. (What the eu constitution says, 2004) The new comprehensive EU Constitution was accepted by the European Council in October 2004. Though the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe (TCE) was accepted, the Constitution still needed to be ratified by all twenty-five member states.
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