Nicholas Dusic, research officer at Charter88

The Convention on the Future of Europe has begun drafting a European Constitution. If ratified by member states, the constitution will provide the framework for how the EU will operate within Europe and abroad.

Ian Christie's Green Alliance pamphlet proposes that convention members adopt democratic sustainable development as a guiding vision for Europe.

Christie argues that the EU's aims of securing peace, democracy and fostering economic growth have been achieved and that the current challenges facing the EU can be met through sustainable development. The pamphlet provides a strong case for sustainable development being a new coherent vision for Europe, and provides some interesting recommendations to the convention.

However, it is not the role of the convention to define a new vision for Europe. The goal of the convention, in drafting a European Constitution, should be to make the decision-making processes of the EU more understandable to the citizens of member states, as well as protecting their rights.

The pamphlet does provide one compelling vision of what Europe should stand for. Nevertheless, it should be debated in a democratically strong EU. For those interested in a future vision for Europe, it is well worth a read.


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