07 June 2007

Amato Group gives the EU Constitution a facelift

A 16-strong Action Committee for European Democracy, the so called "Amato Group", published its draft of a new EU treaty on Monday 4 June. The Committee, which is not an official body and consisted of "private citizens", started its work in September 2006. The document's rationale is desribed here (3 pages); explanatory memorandum is available here (6 pages). The Committee's work is also summarised in the EUobserver or in more detail on Wikipedia.

The Committee included both vice-chairs of the Convention on the Future of Europe: Giuliano Amato and Jean-Luc Dehaene. They certainly deserve our admiration; not least because they managed to cut the size of the original text from 63 000 words to 12 800 and keep almost all substance in.

The European Commission was represented by the communications supremo Margot Wallström and Danuta Hübner who presides over the regional policy portfolio. Sandra Kalniete, their short-term colleague from Latvia, took part as well. From the Prodi Commission, there were Michel Barnier of France, António Vitorino of Portugal and Chris Patten of Britain. Three former prime ministers sat on the Committee: Wim Kok of the Netherlands, Costas Simitis of Greece and Paavo Lipponen of Finland. From the ex-ministerial rank, there were Germany's Otto Schilly, France's Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Hungary's János Martonyi. Íñigo Méndez de Vigo from the European People's Party was the only representative of the European Parliament and Stefan Collignon the only representative of the academia.

Hat tip: Samuele Pii of the European University Institute in Florence.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

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If not, vote Yes
to Free Europe Constitution at www.FreeEurope.info.

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