Danish court upholds Maastricht Treaty

Subject: Danish court upholds Maastricht Treaty
From: Emanuella Giavarra (ecup.secr@dial.pipex.com)
Date: ke 08 huhti  1998 - 00:05:09 EEST

Dear list members,

Although this message has nothing to do with copyright, I thought it
might interest you.

Hilary Barnes reported in the Financial Times of today that the Danish
Supreme Court yesterday threw out a legal challenge to the Maastricht
treaty by 10 citizens who believed signing it gave away more sovereignty
than allowed.

The group of 10 had sued prime minister Rasmussen for signing the
Maastricht treaty on economic and monetary union, which was approved by
the Danish Parliament and voters in a 1993 referendum.

The petitioners based their case on the constitution which declares that
sovereignty may be passed to international organisations, but within
specific limits.

However the court ruling pointed out that the phrase was deliberately
included in the constitution, dating from 1953, to allow the Danish
Parliament to devolve sovereignty to international organisations. The
court found that that there was no conflict between the constitution and
either the 1973 accession treaty or the Maastricht treaty.

The ruling did, however, say that if there were a conflict between the
Danish constitution and European law, the constitution would prevail.

Kind regards,
Emanuella Giavarra

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