Essential Steps for the European Union after the 'No' Votes in France, the Netherlands & Ireland

CEPS Policy Brief No. 166

10 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 2009

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John Temple Lang

University of Dublin - Trinity College; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Eamonn Gallagher

Independent

Date Written: August 26, 2008

Abstract

This Policy Brief outlines a number of steps that need to be taken to make the EU more comprehensible and acceptable to all its peoples - and not only the peoples of France, the Netherlands and Ireland. In the authors' view, among these steps, three in particular are indispensable: Council discussions must be made public, Commissioners must make a much greater effort to explain EU policies, and one Commissioner for each member state must be permanently assured. In combination, these measures will hopefully address the widespread mistrust that has prevented the EU from having the support it needs to move ahead.

Keywords: Constitutional Treaty, National Political Developments

Suggested Citation

Temple Lang, John and Temple Lang, John and Gallagher, Eamonn, Essential Steps for the European Union after the 'No' Votes in France, the Netherlands & Ireland (August 26, 2008). CEPS Policy Brief No. 166, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1333554 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1333554

John Temple Lang (Contact Author)

University of Dublin - Trinity College ( email )

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Ireland

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP ( email )

Rue de la Loi 57
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Belgium

Eamonn Gallagher

Independent

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