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Les prises de position

(CONV 647/03)

After meeting in Paris for the First Assembly in January 2003, the Convention of European Students expressed its positions on the Franco-German contribution on the institutional structure of the Union (CONTRIB 192), on the proposal to adopt the European Constitution by means of a referendum (CONTRIB 291), and on the articles put forward by the Presidium concerning the institutions (CONV 691/03).

In continuation of these three stances taken and before gathering in Rome for the Second Assembly in July 2003, the Convention of European Students has decided to participate in the debate provoked by the Presidium's draft articles concerning the final provisions.


1) Recommends that the present treaty not come into effect until a number of States representing at least two thirds of the total population of the Union has ratified it. In the case of non-ratification by one or more member states that, together, represent less than one third of the total population of the Union, the EU should initiate negotiations with the State(s) concerned in order to establish a "privileged partnership agreement".

2) Suggests that, if the Constitution cannot come into effect on the previously fixed date, it come automatically into effect on the first day of the month following the ratification by the State that allows surpassing the threshold of two thirds of the total population of the Union.

3) Approves of the right of initiative given to the European Parliament to potentially revise the Constitution. The Parliament should exercise this right by a majority of two-thirds of its composing members or following a petition signed by at least 5 % of the constituents, who represent at least three different member countries, and approved by one third of the members of parliament present at the time of voting.

4) Welcomes that, following an initiative regarding a particularly significant question, the President of the European Council summon a Convention which should be composed of one representative of government of every member country; two representatives of every national Parliament; the same number of representatives of the European Parliament as of the national Parliaments and four members of the Commission.
5) Suggests that every text issued by the Convention be voted by both, the European Council and the European Parliament, the Council acting unanimously (until unanimity is abolished and qualified majority voting becomes a general rule) and the European Parliament by a majority of two thirds of its members. The text having thus been revised comes, then, into effect without needing to be ratified on a national level.



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