terça-feira, janeiro 06, 2004
O EU Observer traz alguns excertos de dois livros recentemente editados sobre a Covenção que elaborou o projecto da CE. Realço alguns desses excertos:
"The Accidental Constitution" de Peter Norman (Financial Times).
Consensus was "Giscard?s secret weapon and he made sure it stayed under his control until the Convention?s final day", concludes Peter Norman.
When presenting the final draft Constitution on 13 June 2003, Mr Giscard said support of the Constitution had been "virtually unanimous".
In fact no vote was ever taken over the draft European Constitution. Nor were the some 5,000 amendments from the Convention members ever voted on.
"It appeared to strike genius", writes Peter Norman
Confesso que continuo sem compreender como se pode alegar a existência de "consenso" sem que se tenha realizado qualquer votação e, especialmente, quando foram tornadas públicas opiniões divergentes por vários participantes da Convenção.
o segundo foi escrito por Gisela Stuart membro de Presidium (não é indicada qualquer referência ao título neste artigo)
"Not once in the 16 months I spent on the Convention did representatives question whether deeper integration is what the people of Europe want"
"The process in the Convention was itself riddled with imperfections and moulded by a largely unaccountable political elite, set on a particular outcome from the very start"
"Just precisely who drafted the skeleton, and when, is still unclear to me, but I gather much of the work was done by Válery Giscard d?Estaing and Sir Kerr  over the summer"
[...] Ms Stuart concludes, "If this Constitution does not have the support of the people of Europe and on reflection is not deemed to signpost a structure of Europe of the twenty-first century, then we simply have to go back to the drawing board".
In the last sentence of her book, she calls for a structure that is "less designed to meet the inclinations and ambitions of its bureaucrats and politicians".
"On one notable occasion he [Válery Giscard d?Estaing] told us in the Presidium that "this is what you have to do if you want the people to build statues of you on a horseback back in the villages you all come from"
 Sir John Kerr - diplomata inglês
posted by Miguel Noronha 11:00 da manhã
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