An institutional Treaty to solve the European impasse

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Writing for the Fondation Robert Schuman, Pierre Lequiller, president of the French parliament’s EU delegation, proposes a new EU Treaty to help Europe overcome its current crisis.

Since the negative outcome of the referenda on the EU Constitution in France and the Netherlands in 2005, the EU has found itself in an institutional impasse. For 18 months, the EU has been in a stalemate, even though everyone seems to agree that the current set-up of institutions do not allow the Union to function properly.

While the German Presidency is currently consulting with member states in order to elaborate an agreement on a much-needed institutional reform, the author makes concrete propositions on how to relaunch such reform.

The solution Lequiller proposes is to present a new treaty, which takes up the essential institutional arrangements from the EU Constitution. 

According to his outline, this ‘institutional treaty’ could enter into force as from the end of 2008. Lequiller envisages the introduction of a number of new common policies, by inserting them into additional protocols, which could enter into force by the end of 2010.

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