European Convention and European Constitution

Documents from [04/1999] to [2013]

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Reference Archivists

Becherucci, Andrea


Administrative and Biographical History

The European Convention is a body established by the European Council in December 2001 as a result of the Laeken Declaration, in order to produce a draft constitution for the European Union for the Council to finalise and adopt. The Convention finished its work in July 2003 with the Draft Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe.
The European Convention was established with 102 members. Former French President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing was appointed Chairman, former Italian Prime Minister Giuliano Amato and former Belgian Prime Minister Jean-Luc Dehaene were appointed Vice-Chairmen. Its members were drawn from the national parliaments of member states and candidate countries, the European Parliament, the European Commission, and representatives of heads of state and government. The Convention met for the first time in February 2002, and met thereafter in plenary session once or twice per month. It deliberated in public in the European Parliament building in Brussels.

Content and Structure


The series is composed of documents relating to the work of the European Convention from 2002 to 2003, to produce a draft Constitution for the European Union. It consists of official documents, mainly published by Segreteria Generale - Ufficio Rapporti con l'UE, concerning different sessions of the Convention; speeches addressed by members of the Convention; documents produced by the Preasidium of the Convention; documents collected by Samuele Pii in order to write his thesis on the Convention; articles; documents relating to the ratification of the Convention in the following years.

Conditions of Access and Use


Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese

Type of Archival Materials


Allied Materials

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