Not even next June's community-wide elections for a new European Parliament have stirred interest.
A recent election in southern England to fill a vacant European parliamentary seat set a record for voter apathy with a 14% turnout.
But even if opposition should grow, the momentum toward 1992 will be difficult to stop.
In fact, considerable chunks of national sovereignty have already gone to Brussels.
The European Community has altered the terms of a British airline merger, demanded changes in the relationship between the French government and its state-owned auto giant, Renault, and insisted that any Italian state aid to its steel industry include modernization measures.
In a statement that sent shock waves through national capitals and parliaments, Delors last year confidently predicted that within a decade, "80% of the economic legislation and, perhaps, tax and social legislation will be decided at the community level."
Peter Ludlow, director of the Center for European Policy Studies here, noted that environmental legislation placed before the British Parliament in recent years is already more than 80% of European Community origin.
"It's very difficult to see how the process can be reversed at this point," Ludlow said.
A sense of urgency and mission pervades the 13-story glass labyrinth that is home to the community's 8,000 bureaucrats. Here, 14-hour days and late evening meetings are standard fare for those charged with steering the endless, often emotional compromises required.
But recent breakthroughs have instilled a confidence that is visible.
"There's an excitement, a challenge you can detect now," said Neville Kerry, a former member of the Irish Senate and now part of what he calls the largest press operation outside the White House.
Monnet's disciples now speak of 1992 as merely a way station on the path to a single European currency and movement toward political unity.
"Of course it will take a long time," Edith Cresson, French minister for European affairs, said in an interview. "But perhaps in 20 or 30 years, we will have something that looks like the United States.
"Maybe not quite the same, but something like it."
Times researcher Christine Courtney contributed to this article.