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"Denmark and the Constitutional Treaty: A Difficult Two-Level Game"

Laursen, Finn. (2005) "Denmark and the Constitutional Treaty: A Difficult Two-Level Game". In: UNSPECIFIED, Austin, Texas. (Unpublished)

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      This paper will describe and analyse Danish contributions to the European Convention (2002-03) and the following Intergovernmental Conference (IGC 2003-04). How did a relatively EU-sceptical country respond to yet another treaty reform, arguably taking the EU towards ‘more Union’? We will study the preferences of the Danish government and contributions by Danish members of the European Convention. Further the Danish strategy during the IGC, which finalized the treaty in June 2004, will be studied. The Danish government was fairly supportive of the Convention’s draft proposal for a Constitutional treaty finalised in July 2003, albeit changing position on the composition of the Commission at the start of the IGC because of domestic demands for maintaining a Commissioner per member state. The main problem faced by the Danish Government during the IGC was the safeguarding of the Danish exemptions or opt-outs from December 1992 so that decisions about the Constitutional Treaty and the exemptions could be kept separate. In this endeavour the government was successful. But it meant a low profile during the IGC. Seen from a 2-level perspective the anticipated referendum reduced the Danish ‘win-set’. But an interesting aspect of Danish policy is the extent to which the constitutionalist discourse has been accepted by the Danish political elite.

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      Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
      Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > Denmark
      EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > IGC 2003-4
      EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > Constitution for Europe
      Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
      EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
      EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
      Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2005 (9th), March 31-April 2, 2005
      Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
      Official EU Document: No
      Language: English
      Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2005
      Page Range: p. 25
      Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:25

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