SPEAKING NOTE OF MR VYTENIS POVILAS ANDRIUKAITIS, MEMBER OF THE CONVENTION ON THE II AND III PARTS OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL TREATY 31 May 2003
SPEAKING NOTE OF
MR VYTENIS POVILAS ANDRIUKAITIS, MEMBER OF THE CONVENTION
ON THE II AND III PARTS OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL TREATY
31 May 2003
Thank you Mr. President,
I would like to start by expressing my satisfaction that the Charter is included in the main part of the Constitution.
I support the positions of Mr. Vitorino and Mrs. Tiilikainen as well as Mr. Duff that the Charters status is not yet sufficiently reflected in the Treaty. It is sandwiched in between Parts I and II. I think it would be much better to see the Charter in Part I.
I also welcome the increased number of the policy areas where the legislative procedure is applied. But still, I think that the areas that stay outside the legislative procedure are too many. In about thirty cases in Part III the Council is taking the decision only by consulting the European Parliament. I think the legislative procedure should be a general rule and the exceptions should be much more limited than we see today.
I would like to second Mr. Kiljunen in that the Convention should have more time to look into Part III. It is a very important part and we should be able to have a limited extension to discuss it after the Thessaloniki Summit.
Next, its important to create in the Constitutional Treaty a legal basis for services of general interest. I also think that it is imperative that there is a horizontal article on mainstreaming social policies.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity and once again to voice my support for the establishment of the European Prosecutors Office. It is important to have a body that is able to effectively fight cross-border crimes and safeguard the Unions financial interests.