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Please find attached this monthly issue of "The European Constitution newsletter" your online-review of recent published working papers, documents and other material of interest concerning the constitutional process compiled by the PhD Programme: European Union of the University of Zaragoza. The summary also contains material which has been uploaded regarding former steps in this process and references to articles published in specialized journals, for reasons of publisher rights we are not able to provide access to the full text.
Please note that some of the links might have changed since the publication of this newsletter.

Mario Koelling
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New Pages:

The Lisbon Treaty - Preparation - Negotiation - Ratification

New Links

Slovenian EU presidency 2008 (HTML)

The Treaty of Lisbon (HTML)

The European Council on Foreign Relations (HTML)

New Analysis

Ricard-Nihoul, G. (2007), Revising the European treaties: the Convention opportunity, Notre Europe, policy paper 31 (PDF) (French)

European Policy Centre (2007), Post-Summit Analysis: Move on, Europe - and also back to the future, 17.12.2007. (HTML)

Hosli, M.O.; Arnold, C. (2007), The Importance of Actor Cleavages in Negotiating the European Constitutional Treaty, Eurogov, No. C-07-03 / December 17, 2007. (PDF)

Chopin, T.; Perre, Q. (2007), France's return in Europe… Which vision of the EU in the world?, Europeum Institute for Europan Policy, 25. 7. 2007. (PDF)

Hagemann, S. (2007), Ratifying the Lisbon Treaty: what happens now?, EPC, Commentary, 13.12.2007. (HTML)

Kurpas, S. (2007), The Treaty of Lisbon –How much ‘Constitution’ is left? An Overview of the Main Changes, CEPS Policy Brief, No 148, 11.12.2007. (PDF)

Robert Schuman Foundation (2007), Understanding the Lisbon Treaty, 10 easy-to-read fact sheets, December 2007. (PDF)

European Policy Centre (2007), The European Parliament and the December European Council, event report, 06.12.2007. (HTML)

European Policy Centre (2007), The people's project? The new EU Treaty and the prospects for future integration, Challenge Europe, Issue 17, December 20007. (PDF)


New Documents

Treaty of Lisbon amending the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community, signed at Lisbon, 13.12.2007; (OJ C306 17.12.2007) (HTML)

Council of the European Union (2007), Conclusions of the Brussels European Council, 16616/07, 14.12.2007. (PDF)

European Parliament President Hans-Gert Pöttering (2007), Speech at the signing ceremony of the Treaty of Lisbon, 14.12.2007. (PDF)

President of the European Commission José Manuel Durão Barroso (2007), Treaty of Lisbon: A treaty for a 21st century Europe, Speech at the signing ceremony of the Treaty of Lisbon, 13.12.2007. (French) (HTML)

German Bundestag (2007), Regierungserklärung und Bundestagsdebatte zur EU, Plenarprotokoll 16/132, 12.12.2007. (German) (PDF)

Prime-Minister of Portugal and President of the European Council (2007), Speech at the signing ceremony of the Treaty of Lisbon, 13.12.2007. (HTML)

European Parliament (2007), Proclamation of the Charter of Fundamental Rights by the three European Institutions, press service,12.12.2007. (HTML)

European Parliament (2007), EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, Background note, 27.11.2007. (HTML)

German Bundestag (2007), Analysen und Gutachten: Der Vertrag von Lissabon und die Ioannina-Klausel, Wissenschaftliche Dienste, Nr. 29/07, 23.10.2007. (PDF) (German)

German Bundestag (2007), Der EU-Reformvertrag, Wissenschaftliche Dienste, Nr. 28/07, 08.10.2007. (PDF) (German)

Conference of the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States, December 2007
  Treaty of Lisbon amending the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community,CIG 14/07
  Final Act, CIG 15/07





14.12.2007 EU reflection group to be headed by former Spanish PM, EUobserver.com

The European Union has agreed that its reflection group - a French-inspired idea to sketch the best political recipe for how to deal with Europe's future challenges - will be chaired by Spain's former prime minister Felipe Gonzalez.

12.12.2007 EU rights charter signing attracts protest, EUobserver.com

The leaders of the three main European institutions on Wednesday signed a charter of fundamental rights that will be annexed to the EU's new treaty - but the ceremony faced vocal protests by eurosceptic MEPs demanding a referendum on the treaty.

12.12.2007 First names floated for Sarkozy's EU 'reflection' group, EUobserver.com

The first names for who should head a 'reflection group' on the EU's future have started to be floated, with the ex-president of Latvia tipped as the hottest candidate.

12.12.2007 Danish MPs vote against EU treaty referendum, EUobserver.com

The Danish parliament has voted against having a referendum on the new EU treaty, making it likely that Ireland will be the only EU member state to put the document to a public poll.

04.12.2007 EU welcomes Polish government's new 'attitude', EUobserver.com

Poland's new prime minister Donald Tusk has indicated his country may eventually sign up to the EU's Charter of Fundamental Rights, while efforts are underway in Warsaw to make the country one of the first to ratify the new EU treaty. The European Commission has praised the new government's attitude.




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