According to EU Observer (mirror)
Academic researchers are finalising a big European Commission-funded legal handbook containing the core principles of EU member states' private law.Coming hot on the heels of the drafting of the Turnip, abolishing 27 European nation states, even the halls of Brussels are aware that this may become an issue with the grey huddled masses.
EU officials say the catalogue, to be presented to the commission in December, could in future form the basis for a full-blown European civil code.
The commission - which has funded the project to the tune of €4.3 million through its research budget – publicly takes an extremely cautious line on the issue.Diana Wallis, UK liberal MEP, warned that the Brits, at least, might not react too kindly to the imposition of a EUnion 'Code Civile', saying "In my own country the word 'code' sounds very foreign, Napoleon is immediately seen to be approaching the white cliffs of Dover!". That, of course, is nonsense. After last Friday it is all out in the open: Napoleon already has a major seat in Whitehall. PM Brown all but handed over his own, really.
It says it sees the Common Frame of Reference merely as a "tool box" for updating existing and preparing new EU private law in the consumer- and business areas, for which it will "select carefully" the "parts of the draft" it needs.
"The scope is not a large scale harmonisation of private law or a European civil code," The EU executive stated in a report in July this year.
The commission's low-key approach to the project reflects member states' deep unease with even a small attempt by Brussels to harmonise their private law systems or - seen as even worse - to create an EU civil code.
However, members of the Toy Parliament have no compunctions at all and may be all the more forthright for it. In a resolution adopted back in March 2006 it says:
"Even though the Commission denies that this is its objective, it is clear that many of the researchers and stakeholders working on the project believe that the ultimate long-term outcome will be a European code of obligations or even a full-blown European Civil Code."And you all thought it would end with the ratification of the Turnip. There's so much more, where the Turnip came from. You ain't seen nothing yet!
"In any event the project is by far the most important initiative under way in the civil law field,"