public debate and constitutional process_ES07

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The public debate and the constitutional process The EU, the European market and business strategy Week 45 Sine Nørholm Just: snj.ikk@cbs.dk Department of International Culture and Communication Studies
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What happened on October 18-19 2007?
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Purposes Introduction to the debate on the future of Europe and the constitutional process Presentation of theoretical perspectives on the debate/the constitutional process Discussion of relationship between theory and practice
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Plan The constitutional process Institutional reform Public debate Theoretical perspectives Democratic deficits Legitimacy, identity, public opinion Looking to the future Foundational treaty Public opinion
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The constitutional process
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The constitutional process – timeline May 2000 Fischer’s Humboldt speech December 2000 Nice Treaty October 2000 Blair’s Warsaw speech May 2001 Jospin’s Paris speech December 2001 Laeken Declaration March 2002- July 2003 European Convention October 2003- June 2004 IGC October 2004 – Ratification February 2005 Referendum in Spain May/June 2005 Referenda in France and the Netherlands June 2005 – Period of reflection July 2005 Referendum in Luxembourg March 2007 Berlin Declaration December 2007 European Council July 2007 – IGC June 2009 European Parliament elections October 2007 Session of IGC
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The Laeken Declaration European Council meeting in Laeken/Brussels, December 14th- 15th 2001 Three main parts I. Europe at a crossroads Twin challenges of bringing EU closer to citizens and providing EU with agency in globalised world II. Challenges and reforms in a renewed Union 55 questions set agenda III. Convening a convention on the future of Europe Central passages published in 33 newspapers
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The European Convention 105 members Chairman: Valéry Giscard d’Estaing Vice-chairmen: Jean-Luc Dehaene and Giuliano Amato 15 representatives of national governments of member states 13 representatives of national governments of candidate countries 30 representatives of national parliaments of member states 26 representatives of national parliaments of candidate countries 16 members of the European Parliament 2 Commission representatives Three phases Listening Analyzing Recommending “We said we would have a public debate, but instead we’ve had a debate in public” ( The Economist , June 14th 2003, p. 44)
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The Confederation of Danish Industries had a fulltime employee monitoring the work of the Convention – why? The Convention was an advisory board – why should European businesses care about its discussions? The Convention worked on a proposal for a new foundational treaty
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