Bruno Veneziani

The European Constitution and the icons of solidarity

Sottotitolo: 
The reform of the European Constitution, or rather the 'Treaty establishing a European Constitution', appeared on the scene in July 2004 assuming a singular guise. The event had been anticipated for some time, but it went beyond expectations given that in the Laeken Declaration of December 2001 mention had never been made of a 'Constitution' but, according to a privileged witness, i.e. the vice-president of the Convention, what the founding fathers were called upon to do was to "make recommendations for simplifying and restructuring the Treaties, while the adjective 'constitutional' only appeared alongside the noun 'future', followed by a question mark" . But the result today is quite different: what we have is a text that reads like a symphony, even if there are a few hesitations in the score and with some bass notes that deserve to be more strongly coloured than they are, not to mention interpretative doubts which need to be worked out in detail, the result of its being a multilayered document which sometimes lacks coordination between its various sections.

1.The Constitutional project, the European context and labour law

Bruno Veneziani