Ministers are seeking an enriched text for the European Constitution, as the German Presidency seeks a compromise among member states.
At the committee meeting on Constitutional Affairs on 28 February 2007, Parliamentarians pleaded for a “Constitution plus”. The committee president, Jo Leinen said: “For us there is no plan B, there is only a plan A+”. Leinen welcomed the idea to enrich the current text instead of reducing it to a “Mini-Treaty”.
Spanish Secretary of State for European affairs Alberto Navarro and Luxembourgish European Affairs Minister Nicolas Schmit, initiators of the “friends of the Constitution”, joined the parliamentarians and restated their message, saying that the current text should be preserved.
Some committee members argued that the rejection of the Constitutional text by two member states (France and the Netherlands) did not necessarily mean that the text should be scrapped. Especially since more than two-thirds of member states and thus the majority of the European population have agreed to it
In return it was proposed to complement the current text with elements that could help the EU better to respond to the challenges it currently faces, such as environmental issues, climate change, energy, global competition and immigration.
However, some Eurosceptic committee members argued against the Constitutional Treaty and criticised “its lack of democratic legitimacy”.