Новая заря над Европой

Сегодня в Риме главы государств и правительств 25 стран-членов ЕС подпишут Договор, устанавливающий Конституцию для Европы. Мы прошли долгий путь с того момента, когда в марте 1957 года - и тоже в Риме - шесть государств-основателей образовали Европейское экономическое сообщество.

После подписания договора он будет направлен на одобрение национальным парламентам. Поэтому чрезвычайно важно понимать, почему Договор следует ратифицировать. Говоря по-простому, благодаря ему интересы граждан Европы в большей степени, чем когда бы то ни было, окажутся в центре внимания Европейского Союза. И тому есть четыре причины.

Во-первых, Конституционный договор гарантирует, что учреждения Союза будут уважать фундаментальные права каждого жителя ЕС. "Перечень фундаментальных прав", включённых в Конституцию, обширен, и в основе его лежит уважение к человеческому достоинству, свобода и равенство, а также принципы демократии и верховенство закона. Закреплённые в Конституции, эти фундаментальные права и принципы становятся юридически обязательными, и у граждан появляется больше возможностей отстаивать свои права в суде. В этом отношении ЕС показывает пример защиты фундаментальных прав всему миру.

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