Convention to present draft EU Constitution on 28 October

European Convention President Valéry
Giscard d’Estaing has announced that he would present an
outline of a future EU Constitutional Treaty to the Convention
at its plenary session on 28 and 29 October.

Mr Giscard presented the scenario for the fleshing out of
the draft Constitutional Treaty or a Constitution, which
should be finalised in June 2003. He said that the
Constitution should include the Charter on Fundamental
Rights.

Mr Giscard underlined there was no
danger to delay enlargement by adopting a new
Constitutional Treaty in 2004. He explained that the
Convention had a “post-enlargement perspective” which would
not be in the way of concluding the Accession Treaty with
up to 10 candidate countries. In his opinion it would
desirable to hold the Intergovernmental Conference that is
due to adopt the Constitutional Treaty in the second half
of 2003 instead of in 2004.

The Convention President proposed that a
European Congress be set up to maintain contact between
national and European institutions. This body, representing
various authorities at different levels, could hold
periodic meetings to review EU policies.

He also put forward the idea of
establishing a European defence procurement agency which
would set technical standards and pool funds.

 

In December 2001, EU leaders set up a Convention to prepare
a reform of EU policies and institutions so that the Union
can enlarge to new Member States. The Convention started on
28 February 2002 and is scheduled to hold its last session
in June 2003, when it is due to make recommendations to the
Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) of EU Member States.

The Convention's proposals will be based
on the conclusions of the ten Working Groups, which are
scheduled to report back by the end of this year. The IGC
is expected to adopt a far-reaching reform, including a new
constitutional treaty, in 2004.

 

An outline of a future EU Constitutional Treaty will be
presented to the European Convention at its plenary session
on 28 and 29 October. The final proposal is due to be ready
for the European Council in June 2003.

The Convention will be followed by an
Intergovernmental Conference in 2004 to decide on the
revision of the treaties.

 

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