SPEAKING NOTE OF MR VYTENIS POVILAS ANDRIUKAITIS, MEMBER OF THE CONVENTION ON REVISED ARTICLES ON THE EU INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK 11 June 2003
Thank you Mr. President,
A few remarks on the revised Part I of the Constitution.
As to the European Council, it should not become a separate institution. Otherwise, it would introduce disbalance in the institutional framework of the Union. The European Council should not have executive or legislative powers. I therefore propose deleting Part 3 of Article 23 on the power of the European Council to decide on further Council formations. I think this should be decided by the General Affairs and Legislative Council.
The title of the President of the European Council should be changed into the Chairperson and his or her term in office should be two and a half years, non-renewable.
In Article 23 Part 4 the Presidency of the Council should be held by Member States, not their representatives, on the basis of equal rotation. It is important, especially for smaller Member States, that this Article specifies that the rotation is equal.
As to the composition of the Commission, it is important that it comprises one national per Member State and that there should be no two classes of Commissioners.
As to the European Parliament, the minimum threshold should be five, not four, members per Member State to adequately reflect the political spectrum of the state.
The extension of qualified majority voting is crucial. QMV should therefore be the general rule with a few clearly defined exceptions, one of which is the defence and security policy.
Thank you for your attention.