The Delegation for the European Union of the French National Assembly and the Commission for EU Affairs of the German Bundestag held a joint session at the National Assembly on 10 December 2001. The French and German parliamentarians adopted a common resolution, calling for the active participation of national parliaments in the works of the Convention on the future of Europe.
The resolution’s main points are:
- The need for a fundamental treaty that could serve as a Constitution for the EU.
- The Convention on EU reform should mainly consist of parliamentarians (to reinforce the role of national parliaments): at least 2 per country, with possibility to add more on an observer basis.
- National parliaments should be regularly informed and associated to the works of the Convention.
- The reform of the Treaties should not be limited to the four topics suggested by the Nice Declaration. It should also include measures to enhance transparency, democratic legitimacy, the efficiency of the European institutions, and extend the number of areas under qualified majority vote.
- The mandate of the Convention should also include examining progress in the 2nd and 3rd pillar: Common Foreign and Security Policy; European Security and Defence Policy; the creation of an area of freedom, security and justice. This could be a new motor for European integration.
- The Convention must submit to the IGC a single text with proposals for a new fundamental treaty. When inevitable, it should also suggest alternative options and point out which ones are supported by a majority.
- The Convention should start immediately after the beginning of the Spanish Presidency, and present its results shortly before the start of the new IGC. Members of the Convention should be involved in the IGC.
Raymond Forni, the president of the Assemblée nationale, declared that "a new role has to be invented for our parliaments within the European institutions".
The president of the Bundestag, Wolfgang Thierse, said that national parliaments should be not reduced to "chambers of ratification", but should play a major role in the elaboration of a European constitution.
France and Germany already issued a common declaration on the future of Europe, supporting the creation of a European constitution, at the 78th Franco-German summit in Nantes (France) on 23 November 2001. In this declaration, French and German leaders said they wanted their countries to be a "driving force for European integration."
The Laeken Summit will take place in Belgium on 14-15 December. At the summit, the 15 member states will adopt a Declaration on the future of Europe.
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