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The European Economic Constitution: an Analysis of the Constitutional Treaty

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This chapter analyses the main traits of the Constitutional Treaty and the causes and consequences of its vocation for economic and social matters. The Constitutional Treaty is a codification of the EU law which emphasises the economic and social aspects of political process of uniting a democratic Europe. Even in the Constitutional Treaty the EU puts economy first, which is an easy proposition to agree upon. The Constitutional Treaty is an original codification of values, rights, objectives, competences, institutions and policies of the EU. The Constitutional Treaty develops the EU system of responsibilities in a cooperative way, underlying the capacity to assume the responsibilities delegated by the Member States. The Constitutional Treaty is an excellent Constitution reflecting new European reality. The Constitutional Treaty is a sum of the EU law; a summit example of what the EU elite is able to produce: excellent policy documents, comprehensive, complex, coherent, elegant, polite.

Keywords: Constitutional Treaty; EU law; EU policies; European economic constitution; policy document; political process



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