Skip to comments.(EU) Federalists table ‘Treaty of Bozar’ (amends Lisbon; creates two-tier Europe)
Posted on 10/05/2013 11:59:53 PM PDT by Olog-hai
The federalist Spinelli Group and German think tank Bertelsmann Stiftung launched yesterday (3 October) a proposal for a reform of the Treaty of Lisbon in the form of a draft treaty called A Fundamental Law of the European Union.
People present at the event were given copies of the 300-page book written in English, which will be sold at the cost of 35 ($48), and which was dubbed by speakers the treaty of Bozar. The book is in fact a legal text. It is preceded, however, by a more reader-friendly nine-page Commentary, which sums up the most important modifications proposed, the motives for those changes and the way forward.
The eurozone crisis has shown that the intergovernmental ruling of the EU through a loose confederation of member states cannot work, argued Guy Verhofstadt, adding that the authors of the proposed Fundamental law of the EU were inspired by the German Grudgesetz.
(Excerpt) Read more at euractiv.com ...
A brief look at the book shows the following advances in EU integration proposed:So the very institutions that caused all the problems in the first place are made stronger via more centralization. The appointed Commission becomes an unwieldy authoritarian government in name (remember that it is both executive and legislator right now), and of course the limited legislative initiative thrown as a token measure to the Parliament and the heads of state of member countries will be utterly toothless. The European Central Bank, instead of being scrapped, becomes more powerful.
- The EU is defined as a federation of member states;
- EU countries are obliged to respect the values of the EU;
- The European Commission becomes the EU government, while the Council where member countries sit becomes a second chamber of Parliament. The Commission is responsible to both chambers (the European Parliament and the Council);
- The Council and the Parliament obtain the right of limited legislative initiative;
- The rotating presidency is abolished. The number of Commissioners is reduced, the Commission President decides the commissioners nominations;
- Some MEPs are elected in pan-European electoral districts, on the basis of transnational lists;
- The Eurozone gets a separate budget;
- A new category of Associated member state is created;
- The ECB powers are enhanced. Mutualization of debt becomes possible on the basis of strict budget discipline;
- Unanimity for treaty change is no longer required.
I wish I’d learned German in high school....
It will fail.
Sometimes I wonder if this is all happening because the aliens really have landed.
Hey! If it doesn’t work, just move the basic parts around. Then maybe it’ll work.
God forbid that they try representative government.
The eurozone crisis has shown that the intergovernmental ruling of the EU through a loose confederation of member states cannot work, argued Guy Verhofstadt, adding that the authors of the proposed "Fundamental law of the EU" were inspired by the German "Grudgesetz".They need to get rid of the Brussels bureaucratic monstrosity, otherwise it ain't a reform. Falling back to the EEC level of involvement in national affairs makes much more sense for everyone involved.
Gozer the Gozerian =
The Treaty of Bozar.
The EEC is the very thing that started the surrender of national sovereignty. In order to join the EEC, Eamon de Valera passed Ireland’s Third Amendment, which put “European law” supreme above Irish law. And back then, they had the European Parliament, with unelected (appointed) members, too. The 1957 Treaty of Rome, which turned the European Coal and Steel Community into the EEC, turned the High Authority into the Commission and really empowered it.