How the New European Union Constitution Will Allocate Power between the EU and its Member States – A Textual Analysis
Stephen C. Sieberson
Creighton University - School of Law
June, 30 2010
37 Vand. J. Transnat’l L. 993 (2004)
The new European Union Constitution, if ratified by the EU's Member States, will replace the existing EC Treaty and Treaty on European Union. The Author analyzes the text of the Constitution to determine how it balances the functions and powers of the EU institutions with the role of the Member State
governments within the EU system. Topic areas include the characteristics of the EU, the Union's values and objectives, and the substantive areas of EU activity. In each area the Constitution reveals a determined effort by its drafters to emphasize the corresponding characteristics, values, and powers
of the Member States. The Author's conclusion is that the treaties' delicate balance between the competences of the EU and the states has been attentively maintained in the Constitution.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 50
Keywords: European Union, European Union Constitution
Date posted: July 1, 2010
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