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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 (NEWS) - Ratification

New Links

Euros du Village,Traité réformateur : 15 personnalités parlent (HTML)

EU Lisbon Informal Summit (18.-19.10.2007) (HTML)

New Analysis

Giscard d'Estaing, V. (2007), La boîte à outils du traité de Lisbonne, Le Monde, 26.10.2007. (French) (HTML)

Seeger, S.; Yüzen, L. (2007), Und nun Blick nach vorn! - Bilanz des Lissabon-Gipfels am 18./19. Oktober 2007, C·A·P Aktuell 13. (German) (PDF)

Gros, D.; Micossi, S. (2007), Two for the price of one?, CEPS Commentaries, 22.10.2007. (PDF)

Giuliani, J.D. (2007), Understanding the European Council in Lisbon and the Reform Treaty, Robert Schuman Foundation, European issues n°76. (PDF) (French)

European Policy Centre (2007), Over and done with - at last, report, 22.10.2007. (HTML)

Brady, H.; Barysch, K. (2007), The CER guide to the Reform Treaty, CER briefing note. (PDF)

Ramírez-González, V. (2007), El informe de Lamassoure-Severin acerca de la composición del Parlamento Europeo para 2009: crítica y alternativa, Real Instituto Elcano, ARI Nº 106/2007. (PDF)

Giuliani, J.D. (2007), There’s a brave new Europe to be glimpsed in the Reform Treaty, Europe's World, Autumn 2007. (HTML)

Chardon, M.; Hierlemann, D.; Seeger, S. (2007), A Chance for Wise Men, Center for Applied Policy Research, spotlight europe 2007-07. (PDF)

Notre Europe (2007), Back to the future (for good this time)?, Viewpoint, 09.10.2007. (HTML)

Roy, J. (2007), Between Cherry-picking and Salvaging the Titanic: Spain and the Rescuing of the Essence of the EU Constitution, Real Instituto Elcano, WP 41/2007. (PDF)

Martín y Pérez de Nanclares, J. (2007), Towards a new European treaty: How to Recover the Essence of the Constitutional Treaty, Without Really Seeming to, Real Instituto Elcano, ARI 76/2007. (PDF)

Institute for European Politics (IEP) (ed.), EU-25/27 WATCH, No. 5, September 2007. (PDF)


New Documents

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2007), Global Europe - Meeting the Economic and Security Challenges, October 2007. (PDF)

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown (2007), statement on the European Council in Lisbon, House of Commons, 22.10.2007. (HTML)

European Parliament (2007), Debate on the Treaty of Lisbon with PM Sócrates, press service, (HTML)

European Parliament (2007), Results of the informal summit of heads of state and government (Lisbon, 18-19 October 2007), Minutes, 23.10.2007. (PDF)

President of the European Council, José Sócrates, speech to the European Parliament to report on the Lisbon informal Summit and the final session of the Intergovernmental Conference, 23.10.2007. (HTML)

Presidency of the IGC, 19.10.2007.
  Protocol (No 9bis) on the Decision of the Council relating to the Implementation of Article 9c(4) of the Treaty on European Union and Article 205(2) of the Treaty on the functionning of the European Union between 1 November 2014 and 31 March 2017 on the one hand, and as from 1 April 2017 on the other, (PDF) 19.10.2007
  Declaration on Article 9c(4) of the Treaty on European Union and Article 205(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, (PDF) 19.10.2007
  Declaration ad Article 9e of the Treaty on European Union, (PDF) 19.10.2007
  28. Declaration in relation to the delimitation of competences, (PDF) 19.10.2007
  Composition of the European Parliament, (PDF) 19.10.2007
  Declaration ad Article 222 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union
on the number of Advocates-General in the Court of Justice
, (PDF) 19.10.2007

Bundesaußenminister Steinmeier F.W. (2007), Rede anlässlich der Debatte zur EU-Regierungskonferenz am 11. Oktober 2007, Deutschen Bundestag. (German) (HTML)





30.10.2007 Majority of French want referendum on new EU treaty, EUobserver.com

A majority of the French prefer to have a referendum on the newly agreed EU treaty, rather than a parliamentary ratification as decided by president Nicolas Sarkozy, a survey has shown.

29.10.2007 Lisbon Treaty made to avoid referendum, says Giscard, EUobserver.com

The EU's new treaty is the same as the rejected constitution - only the format has been changed to avoid referendums, says Valery Giscard d'Estaing, architect of the constitution.

22.10.2007 EU states should not 'fear' referendums, says Irish PM, EUobserver.com

As the only country so far to definitely have a referendum on the newly-formed EU treaty, Ireland has said other member states should not be "afraid" of taking the same path.

19.10.2007 EU agrees new 'Lisbon Treaty', EUobserver.com

The European Union overnight agreed the precise text of its new 'Lisbon Treaty' to be formally signed off on 13 December in Portugal's capital. The decision effectively closes a painful chapter of searching for a new set EU rules to make the bloc better function.

18.10.2007 EU seeks to close its institutional wrangling, EUobserver.com

EU leaders are gathering in Lisbon today in an effort to put a full stop behind the 2005 political debacle which saw French and Dutch voters rejecting the European Constitution. But some tough issues still remain unsolved.

15.10.2007 Problems remain ahead of EU treaty summit, EUobserver.com

With only three days until EU leaders meet in Lisbon to adopt a new EU treaty, a number of issues continue to cloud the horizon. Italy and Poland top the list of possible trouble-makers.

12.10.2007 Brown threatens 'red line' veto over EU treaty, EUobserver.com

Just one week before EU leaders meet in Lisbon to adopt a new EU treaty, the UK prime minister has pulled the veto card, threatening his counterparts he will not sign up to the document unless the country's special exemptions are fully respected.

11.10.2007 Italy seeks to delay MEP seats decision, EUobserver.com

Just hours before the European Parliament is to vote on a report on how its seats should be allocated in the future, Italian prime minister Romano Prodi has suggested dealing with the political hot potato only after a new EU treaty is ratified.

09.10.2007 Barroso worried commission could take a hit in new EU treaty, EUobserver.com

European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso is worried that his institution will be sidelined under the new EU treaty which potentially introduces a new power hierarchy into the European Union.

09.10.2007 British MPs criticise Brussels' secret treaty drafting process, EUobserver.com

British MPs have criticised the lack of public scrutiny during the drawing up of the new draft EU treaty and questioned certain key aspects of the document - including legal ambiguity on a citizens' rights charter and the role of national parliaments in EU law-making.

03.10.2007 EU treaty talks leave several political loose ends, EUobserver.com

Although the legal experts have given their blessing to the EU's new draft treaty, there are plenty of political issues that may have to be dealt with by EU leaders when they meet later this month to sign off the document.




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