Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe

Title 1
Definition and Objectives of the Union

Article 1-1
Establishment of the Union

  1. Reflecting the will of the citizens and States of Europe to build a common future, this Constitution establishes the European Union, on which the Member States confer competences to attain objectives they have in common. The Union shall coordinate the policies by which the Member States aim to achieve these objectives, and shall exercise on a Community basis the competences they confer on it.
  2. The Union shall be open to all European States which respect its values and are committed to promoting them together.

Article 1-2
The Union's Values

The Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. These values are common to the Member States in a society in which pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men prevail.