Laeken Declaration and the Constitutional Treaty Analytical Essay by CINDY2411

Laeken Declaration and the Constitutional Treaty
An examination of the extent to which the Constitutional Treaty met the objectives set for it by the Laeken Declaration.
# 105282 | 2,970 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2008 | FR
Published on Jul 03, 2008 in History (European)

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This paper analyzes the Laeken Declaration and the background for the creation of the Constitutional Treaty. The author discusses the content of the Treaty and the reasons for its rejection, and explains how it failed to provide solutions for two specific problems that were raised at Laeken. The author concludes that although the European States may not yet be ready to adopt a formal Constitution, the document has been ratified by more than half of the member states and the debate it has sparked is still ongoing.

I. The Content of the Laeken Declaration and the Reasons for the Creation of the 'Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe' more Generally.
II. Critical Judgment on the Content of the 'Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe'.

From the Paper:

"If the answer to the questions 'do we want a Constitution?' and 'do we need a Constitution?', or a formalisation of the existing functional, unwritten Constitution is yes, then the next logical questions are 'do we want this Constitution?' or 'do we need this Constitution?'. Apparently, the answer is no according to the French and Dutch people, but let us examine in more detail why two countries that have played a fundamental role in the development of the Union since its creation have rejected the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • George A. Bermann, Editorial: the European Union as a Constitutional Experiment, European Law Journal, Vol. 10, No. 4, July 2004, pp. 363-370, Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 2004
  • G. de Burca and J. Scott, 'Introduction: New Governance, Law and Constitutionalism' in G. de Burca and J. Scott (eds), Law and New Governance in the EU and the US, Hart 2006
  • Damien Chalmers, Christos Hadjiemmanuil, Giorgio Monti, Adam Tomkins, European Union law, Cambridge University Press, 2006
  • Declaration on the Future of the European Union - Laeken Declaration, 15th December 2001
  • Finnish Prime Minister's Office website (, Government Communications Unit, Press release 467/2006, 15/12/2006

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