The Crocodile Initiative
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On 14 February 1984, four months before its second election, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a draft treaty establishing European Union. The EP was not merely contributing to the body of ideas which exist concerning the EC’s development; it was providing a constitutional blueprint accompanied by a plausible strategy for its ratification by member states. This blueprint was drafted and adopted by a large majority of nearly 60 national parties represented in the EP. Thus, during its first term of office, the EP had assumed a quasi-constituent role which it had not been assigned by the present treaties.
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