The Convention on the future of Europe debated the draft articles on the area of freedom, security and justice at its plenary session on 3 April. Whilst there was wide divergence of positions on the proposed creation of the European public prosecutor, most speakers supported the idea of setting up a European border guard.
Convention members presented over 700 amendments to articles dealing Justice and Home Affairs, which underlines the difficulty of finding a consensus on these issues. While many speakers opposed the intergovernmental nature of certain articles, others argued that the proposals were too “communitarian”.
Over 70 members of the Convention proposed amendments calling for a general application of co-decision and qualified majority voting in this area.
Several speakers underlined that the Justice and Home Affairs issues are very important for the European public opinion which expects more effectiveness from the EU in the fight against cross-border crime and illegal immigration.