Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Messing with the EU

I was reading through the proposed EU constitution yesterday (as you do). Although I did have a valid work reason to do so...

As I read through Part 1 my attention was caught by the section on the 'Democratic Life of the Union' and Article 46 which said this:

"No less than one million citizens coming from a significant number of Member States may invite the Commission to submit any appropriate proposal on matters where citizens consider that a legal act of the Union is required for the purpose of implementing the Constitution. A European law shall determine the provisions for the specific procedures and conditions required for such a citizens' initiative."

I think this means if you can get one million signatures to a proposed law, the EU would have to implement it. And given that there will be 454 million people in the EU when the 10 new countries join next month, the one million total comes out at about 0.2% of the entire EU population.

Anyone want to get a petition together to make Jedi an official EU religion (currently there are none)? Or demand that weights should be done in pounds and ounces?

Let me know what you think.

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