Background – the Context of the Convention on the Future of Europe
The Convention on the Future of Europe was launched by Heads of State at the Nice Summit in December 2000 to prepare for changes in the Treaties in 2004. The idea is to bring together in on transparent, simplified and accessible document the various treaties which make up the constitutional framework of the European Union. It was also intended to encourage debate across Europe so that changes to EU structures are based on public consensus.
Previous Treaties and Agreements – What they say about Military Issues
The European Union is based on a number of Treaties. They set out what the Member States have agreed about the way they work together, the issues which are dealt with by the Union and those which are dealt with at national level. They also set out the institutions of the European Union and what they can and cannot do. The first such Treaty was concluded in Rome in 1957 and is referred to as the Treaty of Rome. It was amended over the years and there is now a Consolidated Treaty Establishing the European Union which contains the original Treaty of Rome and its amendments. Subsequently, a number of other Treaties (notably the Treaties of Maastricht, Amsterdam and Nice) have been concluded.
Role of and Connection between the EU, the WEU, and NATO
This briefing paper focuses on the interaction between the European Union, the Western European Union, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
What is in the Draft Constitutional Treaty and what are the Implications?
The main parts of the Draft Constitutional Treaty which reflect the militarisation of the EU are to be found in the following Articles which are reproduced here in full.
Future Action – European Civilian Capabilities
The Convention on the Future of Europe has completed its work. No more lobbying can be done at that level. QCEA has already lobbied the members of the Convention, the Presidium of the Convention and the Permanent Representatives of the Member States and Accession Countries.
Finding Further Information – Keeping (us) Informed
This briefing paper provides websites that allow you to keep up to date with militarisation of the EU and invites you to inform QCEA of your experiences in the area.