Treaty on European Union

(1992)

Explanation and Analysis of the Document

The Maastricht Treaty is not easy reading. It functions in part as a constitution for the EU, laying out goals and principles that govern the union's operations. It also functions as a kind of handbook, specifying policies and procedures, though in most cases the details of these policies and procedures still had to be worked out by the EU's agencies. Much of the treaty consists of amendments to earlier treaties, such as the one governing the ECSC, and a number of its provisions simply incorporate other agreements and treaties signed earlier...