Treacy launches book on European Constitution
The more people are informed about the Constitution, the more likely they are to vote in its favour
Mr. Noel Treacy, T.D., Minister for European Affairs, has launched a book on the European Constitution produced by EU Studies students at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT).
The book, entitled “The European Constitution Uncensored”, was originally a part of the course study of GMIT students and gradually evolved into an extensive analysis of the European Constitution, which all 25 countries of the EU must ratify for it to come into force.
Speaking at the launch at GMIT in Galway, Minister Treacy said: “The quality of the work and research that has gone into producing this book is truly outstanding. As Minister for European Affairs, I am greatly heartened by the fundamental thesis of this publication which argues that the more people are informed of the European Constitution, the more likely they are to vote in favour of it.
“The European Constitution Uncensored”, is a most impressive publication that will contribute greatly to this important debate on the future of Ireland and the EU. The Government is acutely aware that people must be informed about the European Constitution and over the coming months will be working assiduously to ensure that awareness levels are greatly increased.
The European Constitution seeks to improve and modernise the European Union itself. It does not destroy the checks and balances, which make it unique and which protect the national interests of all 25 member states. Ireland played a key role in shaping the European Constitution. We have done very well in Europe- and it is in our interests to have a modern European which works well and works together. We have every reason to endorse the EU Constitution, as the most democratic document yet produced in the long history of Europe”, Minister Treacy concluded.
18 April 2005