Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

The Post-nice Agenda: towards a Constitutional Treaty?

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

From February 2002 until July 2003, a Convention on the Future of Europe prepared a new draft treaty referred to as a constitutional treaty. Starting on October 4, 2003, an Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) took up the considerations of the new EU constitutional treaty on the basis of the proposal from the Convention. The discussion about legitimacy started after the Danish people rejected the Maastricht Treaty in 1992. The Irish people rejected the Nice Treaty in 2001. In both cases it took second referendums to get the respective treaties accepted. As the EU enlarged in the 1990s, the question of efficiency remained on the agenda. Moving from 12 to 15 and then 25 members had implications for efficiency. The response to the efficiency issue has especially been to increase the use of qualified majority voting (QMV) in the Council.

Keywords: constitutional treaty; democratic legitimacy; Intergovernmental Conference (IGC); Maastricht Treaty; Nice Treaty; qualified majority voting (QMV)



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    The Treaty of Nice — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation