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Estonia changing constitution to join EU

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by halldor, Nov 21, 2002.

  1. halldor

    halldor Registered User

    EUOBSERVER / TALLINN 14.11.2002 - 08:47 CET- Estonia is in the process
    of changing its constitution, as the present one does not give it the
    legal right to join the EU. During the second reading of the bill on
    Tuesday, the justice chancellor, Allar Jks, proposed a special
    article to protect Estonian sovereignty. The new article says that
    should the EU develop in an unsuitable direction for Estonia, the
    clause will provide the basis for secession.

    If the EU developed towards federalism that would be seen as an
    unsuitable direction for Estonia, according to Mart Nutt, member of
    the constitutional and the European affairs commission in the Estonian
    Parliament. "Estonia cannot be part of a federal EU," he said. A
    federal EU is no longer a union of sovereign states, if Estonia ever
    would wish to be part of a federal EU it would have to amend its
    constitution, Mr Nutt added.

    The bill was tabled in May and will soon enter the third and also the
    last reading. Then it will be put for a referendum. At the same
    referendum, Estonians will be asked whether Estonia should join the
    EU. The referendum will probably take place at the end of August or
    the beginning of September 2003.
  2. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Anything on the Russian citizenry? Or is that solely Latvian issue with the EU?
  3. Perry Stroika

    Perry Stroika Member

    Don't wait for the answer because you know what it will be.

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