Constitutional Challenges of the Enlargement – Is Further Enlargement Feasible without Constitutional Changes?

26-03-2019

This in-depth analysis, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs, recalls the earlier debates linking the enlargement of the Union with the need to adapt its constitutional framework, and discusses whether further constitutional reforms, involving Treaty change or not, are necessary when a further enlargement of the Union will take place in the near future. It focuses on three main themes: the Union’s decision-making capacity; forms of differentiated integration; and the question on how to ensure respect by all member states for the Union’s fundamental values.

This in-depth analysis, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs, recalls the earlier debates linking the enlargement of the Union with the need to adapt its constitutional framework, and discusses whether further constitutional reforms, involving Treaty change or not, are necessary when a further enlargement of the Union will take place in the near future. It focuses on three main themes: the Union’s decision-making capacity; forms of differentiated integration; and the question on how to ensure respect by all member states for the Union’s fundamental values.

Externe auteur

Bruno DE WITTE, Professor of European Union law, Maastricht University & European University Institute