‘Constitution’ and ‘enlargement’ dropped in EU birthday declaration


The Berlin Declaration marking the EU’s 50th anniversary will not directly mention enlargement or the European Constitution, in order to avoid potential disputes between member states.

According to a leaked version of the anniversary declaration to be held on 25 March 2007, there will be no direct mention of enlargement as an achievement. The text mentions that Europe has finally overcome its division, but there is no direct reference to future enlargement. 

The text states that it will “continue to live by its openness and the will of its members at the same time to consolidate the internal development of the EU”.

Neither is any reference made to the EU Constitution or a new treaty, but the text plainly mentions a commitment to “put the EU on a renewed common foundation” before the European elections in 2009.

The text mentions common “ideals” instead of values and makes reference to the “European model” that unites “economic success and social responsibility”, the common market and euro as major achievements.

Major challenges to be tackled by the EU in future are terrorism and organised crime, conflict and world hunger, as well as energy policy and climate change, according to the Declaration.

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