A Strong Europe is a Social Europe

The Federal Trust Constitutional Online Paper Series No. 05/03

6 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2004 Last revised: 8 Feb 2012

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Jo Shaw

University of Edinburgh

Date Written: February 1, 2003


The Working Group on Social Europe made a convincing case for a social Europe to be seen as a constitutional question and not merely as a question of policy content. When the Praesidium issued its draft of the first sixteen articles of the proposed new Constitutional Treaty, it became clear that the Working Group's deliberations were not taken into account in the preparation of this text. The draft Articles missed the opportunity to send a message of inclusion and this concerns the scope of citizenship in Europe. As for the final draft of the Constitutional Treaty, fear and the assertion of national sovereignty will most probably stand in the way of a clear definition of responsibilities for the EU in the area of social policy.

Keywords: Citizenship, social policy, convention, draft constitutional treaty

Suggested Citation

Shaw, Jo, A Strong Europe is a Social Europe (February 1, 2003). The Federal Trust Constitutional Online Paper Series No. 05/03, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=515783 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.515783

Jo Shaw (Contact Author)

University of Edinburgh ( email )

Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh, EH8 9YL
United Kingdom

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