The Future European Constitution: The Polish Point of View

Barcz, Jan (2004) The Future European Constitution: The Polish Point of View. Elcano Newsletter (3). 5 p.. ISSN 1698-5184

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Abstract

The author presents the Polish point of view on the controversy surrounding the decision-making process by a qualified majority in the future European Constitution. At the European Council’s session of 25/26 March of this year real prospects of achieving a compromise on the text of the Constitutional Treaty finally became evident. The Council emphasised that ‘agreement on the Constitutional Treaty should be reached no later than the June European Council’. This statement referred to the Irish Presidency’s opinion that there was a real possibility of reaching a compromise on decision-making by a qualified majority, ‘based on the principle of double majority’, which ‘must allow for greater efficiency in the decision making process than the provisions in the current Treaties, and must have due regard to balance among all member States and to their specific concerns’. In reference to other complex issues, such as the size and composition of the Commission, the scope for qualified majority voting and minimum seat thresholds in the European Parliament, the Irish Presidency considered that an overall solution could be found ‘if there is sufficient political will and flexibility’.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Estudio sólo disponible en inglés
Uncontrolled Keywords: Europa
Subjects: INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION > INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS > INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS.
INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION > INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS > COUNCIL OF EUROPE
INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK > POLITICS > POLITICAL INTEGRATION
INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK > POLITICS > POLITICAL PARTICIPATION
INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK > POLITICS > POLITICAL PROBLEMS
INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK > POLITICS > VOTING
Divisions: Real Instituto Elcano, RIE
Depositing User: Jorge Horcas Pulido
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2012 03:09
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2012 03:09
URI: http://biblioteca.ribei.org/id/eprint/609

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