DEFINITION AND OBJECTIVES OF THE UNION
Establishment of the Union
1. Reflecting the will of the citizens and States of Europe to build a common
Constitution establishes the European Union, on which the Member States confer
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
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.
The Union's values
The Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy,
rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging
These values are common to the Member States in a society in which pluralism,
tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men prevail.
The Union's objectives
1. The Union's aim is to promote peace, its values and the well-being of its
2. The Union shall offer its citizens an area of freedom, security and justice
frontiers, and an internal market where competition is free and undistorted.
3. The Union shall work for the sustainable development of Europe based on balanced
growth and price stability, a highly competitive social market economy, aiming
at full employment
and social progress, and a high level of protection and improvement of the quality
It shall promote scientific and technological advance.
It shall combat social exclusion and discrimination, and shall promote social
justice and protection,
equality between women and men, solidarity between generations and protection
of the rights of the
It shall promote economic, social and territorial cohesion, and solidarity among
It shall respect its rich cultural and linguistic diversity, and shall ensure
that Europe's cultural heritage
is safeguarded and enhanced.
4. In its relations with the wider world, the Union shall uphold and promote
its values and
It shall contribute to peace, security, the sustainable development
of the Earth, solidarity
and mutual respect among peoples, free and fair trade, eradication of poverty
and the protection of
human rights, in particular the rights of the child, as well as to the strict
observance and the
development of international law, including respect for the principles of the
United Nations Charter.
5. The Union shall pursue its objectives by appropriate means commensurate with
which are conferred upon it in the Constitution.
Fundamental freedoms and non-discrimination
1. The free movement of persons, services, goods and capital, and freedom of
be guaranteed within and by the Union, in accordance with the Constitution.
2. Within the scope of the Constitution, and without prejudice to any of its
specific provisions, any
discrimination on grounds of nationality shall be prohibited.
Relations between the Union and the Member States
1. The union shall respect the equality of Member States before the constitution
as well as their
national identities, inherent in their fundamental structures, political and
constitutional, inclusive of
regional and local self-government. it shall respect their essential State functions,
the territorial integrity of the State, maintaining law and order and safeguarding
2. Pursuant to the principle of sincere cooperation, the Union and the Member
States shall, in full
mutual respect, assist each other in carrying out tasks which flow from the Constitution.
The Member States shall take any appropriate measure, general or particular,
to ensure fulfilment of
the obligations arising out of the Constitution or resulting from the acts of
the institutions of the
The Member States shall facilitate the achievement of the Union's tasks and refrain
from any measure
which could jeopardise the attainment of the Union's objectives.
The Constitution and law adopted by the institutions of the Union in exercising
conferred on it shall have primacy over the law of the Member States.
The Union shall have legal personality.
The symbols of the Union
The flag of the Union shall be a circle of twelve golden stars on a blue background.
The anthem of the Union shall be based on the ‘Ode to Joy’ from the
Ninth Symphony by Ludwig van
The motto of the Union shall be: ‘United in diversity’.
The currency of the Union shall be the euro.
Europe day shall be celebrated on 9 May throughout the Union.