Growing rift among the European governments over the Iraq crisis has contributed to a delay in the drafting of the EU constitution. The Convention President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing stated at the plenary session on 17 March that it might not be possible to present a draft to the European Council in Thessaloniki on 20-21 June 2003.
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.