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At the European level, what the pandemic has cast doubt on is the very fundamentals of European integration. The main features of the European Union, what could be described as its “pillars”, are these: the single market and freedom of movement, the euro and the Stability and Growth Pact, and competition and state-aid law. We can already look ahead and see that the post-crisis EU could be standing on very different foundations if the questioning of the three basic pillars continues over time or, conversely, it could just as easily go back to its old ways.  What will the world environment in which this happens be, though? Here there are four possible scenarios emerging.

Social Justice Ireland has called for the introduction of an EU-wide Basic Income system.  Speaking at a consultation on the Future of Europe conducted by the European Economic and Social Committee, Seán Healy, Director, Social Justice Ireland, stated that confidence in the EU is being eroded steadily because of a number of failures in the areas of social policy, environmental protection and governance. It needed to be seen as a Union that cared for all its people.

The Draft EU Constitution second draft - a reader friendly edition with highlighted words and comments in the margins - May 28, 2003.

[This does not contain Part III of the draft constitution which will be uploaded to this site as soon as it is available.]

2003 June 9: CORI Justice Commission publishes its submission on private property. This submission has been sent to the All-Party Committee on the Constitution

In making this submission we approach the issue:
· A social justice perspective drawn from Catholic Social Thought 
which has a long tradition of addressing this and related issues.
· From a rights-based perspective believing that every person

2003, July 18th: Final draft of the new EU Treaty presented to the Italian Presidency of the EU by the Convention on the Future of Europe.

1. The Union's aim is to promote peace, its values and the well-being of its peoples. 
2. The Union shall offer its citizens an area of freedom, security and justice without internal 
frontiers, and a single market where competition is free and undistorted.