In my quest to come up with a federal model that could be implemented gradually across the EU, a model that would apply to all current member states and other future member states (you see here the complexity of this task) I have often come across the question of establishing a set of administrative levels that can implemented and that would combine the german model of federalization with some of the principles of french territorial organisation. Some of the principles of the french administrative system because i don’t see all of them as viable and parts of the german federal system because some of its distinctive qualities only apply in Germany.
As I have previously stated, the entities I aim to theorize have to be first and foremost generate by freedom of association. This in turn entices further debate as the opportunities and possible short-comings of such a system are many. Since this theory is in development, I shall refrain from sharing more about it, but will remain for this post on the issue of freedom of association. Please note that it is freedom of association and not free association.
When it refers to individuals, freedom of association is portrayed as the individual right to come together with other individuals and collectively express, promote, pursue and defend common interests. The right to freedom of association has been included in a number of national constitutions and human rights instruments, including the United States Bill of Rights, European Convention on Human Rights and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. (via Wikipedia).
But all these can be applied to territorial entities and as such there should be a Bill of Rights of Administrative Entities. As such , this Bill should ensure that in the case of regions that come to life through the usage of the freedom of association by its component entities, the rights of these entities are preserved far beyond the association act. In fact, it could go as far as to prevent various restrictive measures that could come to life at regional or above-regional level, by ensuring that a particular set of rights are maintained irrespective of decision making at higher levels.
Protecting the base unit, which ever that will be (nominating this basic entity is something that is particular to my theory and as such not yet publishable) should become the main focus for the first stage of a proposed Federation of Regions. Because before achieving federation we must achieve functioning, comparable regions. The regions we have today, although functional on many levels, but not pan-EU, are in this theory non-able to becoming federal units, for reasons which have to do with historical backgrounds and the usage of territorial limits that define a bygone era.
I have to mention that in ignoring current existing regional boundaries the focus moves from a spatially limited theatre, operating with a set of values emanating from the national state era, to a more fluid space, aimed at curtailing to the individual, where the individual can be the basic administrative entity (see above) or even the individual citizen.
We can begin to imagine a system that while being operational in a federal manner can at the same time be a direct reflection of the individual citizen, in a refined and distinctive manner of direct democracy.