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
Date Written: August 26, 2008
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
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