Why did QCEA work on this issue?

The proposal for a Constitutional Treaty for the European Union – which was made in 2003 as the result of the Convention on the Future of Europe – was an important stage in the development of the democratic structures and decision-making process of the European Union.

QCEA provided information material to assist Quakers and others to be fully informed of the issues and to be able to participate in the discussion and decision-making processes in the Member States on this issue.

The Constitutional Treaty was abandoned in 2005 when both France and the Netherlands voted against its ratification in respective referenda.

Briefing Papers

The six Briefing Papers deal with:

  1. Historical Development (pdf – 64kb)
  2. Key Components of the Constitution (pdf – 55kb)
  3. Ratification Process (pdf – 69kb)
  4. Pros and Cons of the Constitution (pdf – 85kb)
  5. Sources of Additional Information (pdf – 39kb)
  6. Action Points (pdf – 46kb)