The Convention’s Praesidium has proposed draft articles of the Constitution on enhanced cooperation which aim to simplify the current provisions and reinforce the role of the Commission and the European Parliament.
Here is the summary of the draft articles on enhanced cooperation, proposed by the Convention’s Praesidium:
- Enhanced cooperation is aimed at reinforcing the process of European integration.
- Authorisation to proceed with enhanced cooperation shall be granted by the Council when such cooperation cannot be attained by the Union as a whole and provided that it brings together at least one third of the Member States.
- The Council will give its authorisation of enhanced cooperation acting by a qualified majority on a proposal from the Commission and after obtaining the assent of the European Parliament, except for the area of common foreign and security policy.
- In the framework of the common foreign and security policy, the Council will ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs for opinion on whether the enhanced cooperation is consistent with the Union’s common foreign and security policy.
- Only representatives of the Member States participating in enhanced cooperation shall take part in the adoption of acts adopted within the Council.
- Acts adopted in the framework of enhanced cooperation shall only bind those Member States taking part in such cooperation.
- Enhanced cooperation shall be open to all Member States, at any time.
- Expenditure resulting from implementation of enhanced cooperation, other than administrative costs entailed for the institutions, shall be borne by the participating Member States, unless all members of the Council decide otherwise.