Foreword to 'EU Studies Guide 2004'
Eddie Fenech Adami, Maltese Prime Minister - EU Studies Guide February 2004
The issues that the European Convention was asked to consider by the Laeken Council were diverse and complex, with myriad implications for the future development of the European Union. However the Conventioneers shared a common resolve to avoid solutions that involved the creations of new institutions. They made, however, just one exception, to their self-imposed rule: an Academy for the training of a revamped diplomatic service of the Union.
Clearly, the uniqueness of the EU’s political nature, which is neither that of a state, nor of an international organisation, calls for a service in all sectors that has to be rendered in a unique manner. Consequently, a unique manner of training is required for it.
A number of years ago, it was realised that even merely understanding the original nature and peculiar institutions of a democratic system in which equality of citizens had somehow to be wedded to equality of states necessitated the invention of a new field of studies and related academic disciplines.
The spectrum of products that have been generated to meet this need shows unflagging ingenuity and refreshing dynamism. These products can be joyously sampled at this Fair, which presents as great a challenge to your sense of discrimination as a wine-tasting session.
In some respects Enlargement makes the subject matter of European Studies more complex, but also better integrated because of the increasing match between Europe and the European Union. Likewise, the Constitution will increase the scope but rationalise the content covered. This dynamism should surely increase the excitement of this and future Fairs also in view of the enhanced Euro-Mediterranean dimension brought about by both Enlargement and Constitution.
Eddie Fenech Adami
Maltese Prime Minister
Eddie Fenech Adami received the 'European of the Year' award at European Voice's annual gala ceremony - EV50 - on 2 December 2003, for persuading Maltese voters to endorse accession to the EU – the first such vote in an accession state.
EV50 acknowledges those who have had the greatest bearing on European politics throughout the year. See www.EV50.com.