Final Recommendation

C6b Ever Deeper

We recommend that the European Court of Justice should no longer have the option to refer to the "ever deeper Union" phrase in the treaties, or "the spirit of the law", when presenting their legal arguments for a new verdicts. Instead it should be restricted to reasoning on the basis of existing legislation.

Why this recommendation?

The "ever deeper" principle has created a sort of mystique that the EU can extend its powers at its own will. This refers in most cases to the fact that the European Court of Justice could refer to it in its verdicts.

If the EU is to be a democracy legitimized by its electorate and its member state governments, both of which are part in law-making, it would be a logical and clarifying step to deprive the Court of the right to refer to a vague principle, or for the Court to announce that it will refrain from doing so, so that future verdicts can only refer to existing legislation.

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This is one out of "20 Recommendations For More Democracy in Europe", prepared by seven conferences in seven EU countries - Denmark, Latvia, The Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Bulgaria and The Netherlands, in that order. The final document was prepared by representatives of all 7 conferences at The International House Sonnenberg in the Harz Mountains, Germany.

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