The Reform of Treaty Revision Procedures: The European Convention on the Future of Europe

Lars Hoffmann and Anna Vergés‐bausili

in The State of the European Union, 6

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780199257409
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191600951 | DOI:
 The Reform of Treaty Revision Procedures: The European Convention on the Future of Europe

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Examines the European Convention (the European Convention on the Future of Europe) within the process of constitutional reform in the EU, with an emphasis on the institutionalization of treaty reform. After an introductory section, the chapter next looks at institutionalist questions on treaty revision processes, discussing the traditional method used, that of the Intergovernmental Conferences (IGCs), and aiming to identify a ‘less intergovernmental’ view of reform processes. The third section provides a historical and up‐to‐date review of the European Convention, focussing on its background, operation, and decision‐making processes. The fourth argues that choices regarding the nature of the Convention's remit and its working methods have reinforced a new landscape of constitutional reform, namely, an institutionalized setting more complex in both the players involved and its dynamics, and where institutional choices are likely to affect significantly the classic key variables of intergovernmentally driven processes. The underlying theme of the chapter is that the outcomes of the 2004 IGC will not be able to be accounted for by focussing solely on governments’ preferences and power.

Keywords: constitutional reform; European Convention; European Convention on the Future of Europe; EU; institutionalization; institutions; Intergovernmental Conferences; intergovernmental processes; reform; treaty reform; treaty revision processes

Chapter.  8496 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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