UDC 341.211 339.923:061.1EU
Biblid: 1451-3188, 15 (2016)
Vol. 16, No 55, pp. 9-20

Оriginal article
Received: 01 Jan 1970
Accepted: 01 Jan 1970


Zečević Slobodan (Институт за европске студије, Београд), vzecevic@eunet.rs

European integration launched in the economic sphere had an overt political message and the desired outcome. Namely, the creation common that grew into internal market of the European Union was aimed to enable the construction of political and defense federalism. However, although the creators of the Maastricht Treaty expected a further development of the European integration built on economic foundations, in the meantime the federalization of the EU was stopped. For example, the single market and European currency were not complemented by a federal tax system that filled the budget of the Union. This prevented structural transfers, otherwise common in federal states from rich to the poor, especially in crisis situations. Without the federal government, the European Union was deprived of the ministry of defense and the embryo of federal military forces to protect its territory, but also gave credibility to its foreign policy in the world.

Keywords: The European Union, sovereignty, the federal State, the confederations, the European Council, the Council, the internal market, federal taxes