Europäisches Parlament bezieht Stellung zu Verfassungsverhandlungen

Fortschritte in der dritten Säule, Probleme bei Defizitverfahren und Gemeinsamer Handelspolitik

Wien (OTS) - MdEP Elmar Brok und MdEP Klaus Hänsch, die beiden Vertreter des Europäischen Parlaments bei der Regierungskonferenz, begrüssten anlässlich der heutigen Verfassungsverhandlungen in Luxemburg die von der irischen Ratspräsidentschaft erreichten Fortschritte, besonders im Bereich der Dritten Säule. Gleichzeitig äußerten sie Bedenken, den Konventsentwurf in manchen Bereichen stark zu verändern, zum Beispiel bei der Gemeinsamen Handelspolitik oder beim Defizitverfahren.

Hier ihre Ausführungen im Detail:

The EP representatives welcomed in particular the following points of the overall package put forward by the Presidency:

  • The retention of qualified majority voting for cooperation in criminal justice matters, using an emergency brake mechanism which does not allow the Council to block the procedure indefinitely;
  • The simplification of the envisaged procedure for extending the mandate of the European prosecutor, which would now require Parliament's assent;
  • The restoration, in the case of enhanced co-operation, of a "passerelle" mechanism which would allow participating Member States to move from the special legislative procedure and unanimity to ordinary co-decision with Parliament and qualified majority voting.

However, Mr HÄNSCH and MR BROK insist among other points on the importance of adhering, in every possible way, to the balance reached at the Convention after lengthy deliberations, especially regarding the following:

  • The multiannual financial framework: keeping the principle of moving to qualified majority voting at a certain date, for example 2009, which would be written into the Constitution;
  • Charter: keeping in the preamble the reference to the interpretative value of explanations in the Charter: but under no circumstances incorporating it in the body of the Constitution;
  • Excessive deficit procedure: no weakening of the role of the Commission in conducting the procedure;
  • Common trade policy: preserving the Union's full negotiating powers.

The EP representatives will report on the state of the IGC negotiations to Parliament's Conference of Presidents this Wednesday, the day before the European Council

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