The EUI Convention Working Group
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The Declaration of Laeken in December 2001 established a Convention as a framework for dialogue on the Constitution of the European Union the work of which will be concluded by an Intergovernmental Conference in 2004.
As a response to the challenges set by the work of the Convention, the Robert Schuman Centre of Advanced Studies (RSCAS) at the European University Institute (EUI) has convened a Working Group which is constituted by Professors from all Departments of the EUI in order to draw on its existing research base which has a distinctive interdisciplinary profile based on policy relevant, systematic and rigorous academic work, as its response to Joshka Fischer’s speech at the Humboldt University, Berlin illustrates (C. Joerges/ Y. Mény/ J.H.H. Weiler (eds.) What Kind of Constitution for What Kind of Polity? Responses to Joschka Fischer, RSC 2000. Indeed, the RSCAS has a respected track record in advising the policy-making community, and have prior experience of research on the core issues identified for the Convention Policy (see, for example, the selection of papers as part of the RSCAS’s ‘Series on Constitutional Reform of the European Union’. Its work on the reorganisation of the European Treaties is a case in point (‘A Basic Treaty for the European Union - A Study of the Reorganisation of the Treaties’.
The role of the Working Group is to stimulate further high quality work in this field, to develop collaboration with others, both within and outwith the academic community and to contribute to the debate in and around the Convention as a whole.
The Working Group generally meets on Tuesdays, thus sometimes occupying the RSCAS Tuesday lunch time seminar slots, and co-opts participants which include Professors, Jean Monnet Fellows and Visiting Fellows from the RSCAS and the Departments of the EUI according to the relevance of their expertise.
The EUI Working Group meetings for the spring term 2002 were on the European Constitutional Debate and Enlargement (April 23, 2002), the EU as an International Actor (May 14, 2002) and on the Institutional Matrix for European Monetary Union (June 4, 2002) [more…].
Proposed topics for meetings in the autumn term, 2002 include:
A Competence Catalogue for the EU?,
organised by Jaroslaw Lotarski (Marie Curie Fellow/Law) – provisional date: October 2002
The European Constitutional Debate and the European Social Model,
organised by Margarita de Leon (Marie Curie Fellow/RSCAS) – provisional date: November 2002
The Constitutional Framework of the Third Pillar,
organised by Neil Walker (Professor/Law) – provisional date in the second week in December, 2002
The Members of the Working Group are:
Bruno de Witte
Grainne de Burca
The Working Group is supervised by a steering committee which is composed of Helen Wallace, Bruno de Witte and Miriam Aziz. The modus operandi of the Working Group is that it meets on Tuesdays, thus sometimes occupying the RSCAS Tuesday lunch time seminar slots and co-opts participants which include Professors, Jean Monnet Fellows, Visiting Fellows and Researchers from the RSC and the Departments of the EUI according to the relevance of their expertise.