Declaration of Laeken
One can consider at least a posteriori that it marks an important turning in the European Construction, on two levels:
- a methodological turning: the negotiations of Nice in December 2000 having shown the crisis of the model of the traditional intergovernmental negotiation, one decides to join together an assembly of a new kind, devoted entirely to the reflection on the deepening of European integration. It includes/understands not only representatives of the States, but also of the representatives of the European Parliament, national parliaments and European commission.
- a political turning: the main aim of the debates is not only any more the widening of the field of competence of the European Union, but a total reflection on the European democracy, its organization and its future. It is this change of objective which leads finally to the Traité establishing a constitution for Europe , without the development of such a text explicitly forming part of the mandate of Convention on the future of Europe
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