At some point in the history of European integration, one can directly observe the way ideas were shaped along negotiations into projects and policy-papers, only to become treaties after more negotiations. What was changed, who did it, what was abandonned and added… These are important things in the context of European integration.
The best-known example of that is Jean Monnet’s 1950 project for the First European Community, that ws extensively reshaped during the back-and-fourth between Monnet, the French Prime Minister Georges Bidault, and the French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman. The CVCE put on their website the first draft of the declaration launching the project that Robert Schuman did on May 9th, 1950. The Monnet foundation, finally, published all the drafts it took to reach the final text of the declaration (cf. Henri Rieben, Un changement d’Esperance, la declaration du 9 mai 1950, Lausanne 2000).
French journalist Jean Quatremer gives us here the same opportunity to track down projects and ideas as they develop: he links in his blog to a series of documents, from the first roadmap presented to the member-states by the Commission and the presidency of the European Council, to the resolution project the European Council studied. Quatremer notes that Herman van Rompuy’s rather ambitious plan was toned down significantly by the states.
Van Rompuy’s initial roadmap (in French)
An October intermediary version (in French)
The Commission’s opinion (in French)
Finally, the draft of conclusions this week’s Council studied (in English)
A lot of eurospeak to be sure, but not more or less than what you get in US, French or Finnish official communications.