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Les prises de position


After meeting in Paris for the First Assembly in January 2003, the Convention of European Students expresses its positions with respect to the contribution made both by the working group Social Europe (CONV 516/1/03 REV 1) and the "Charter group" (CONV 354/02).

Before meeting in Rome on the occasion of the Second Assembly in July 2003, the Convention of European Students welcomes the progress achieved and has decided to take a stance on the debate concerning the new draft articles regarding Social Europe.


1) Is pleased about the integration of the notions equality and non-discrimination in the new version of Article I-2, Title I: the values of the Union. It supports indeed the numerous amendments having been made to this article (am. Duhamel + 9, Andukaitis, Michel + 5, Paciotti + Spini, Katiforis, Voggenhuber + Lichtenberger, Giannakou, Einem, Tiilikainen, Kiljunen + Vanhanen, Svensson, Palacio, Kaufmann, Andriukaitis + 4).

2) Supports the view expressed by the Presidium concerning Article I-7, Title I: fundamental rights, by assuming that its initial view, that is to integrate the Charter of fundamental rights in the Preamble of the constitutional treaty, is actually satisfied by the compromise proposed, hence by first integrating the Charta into the second part of the treaty, and secondly by attributing to it a legally binding value.

3) In approving the inclusion of the open method of coordination in the constitutional treaty as part of the non-legislative instruments at the disposition of the Union the European Student Convention takes the view that it is necessary to prioritise the indicators resulting from national policies in order to guarantee a better realisation of objectives envisaged at the community level, as emphasised also by the final report of the working group Social Europe.

4) Is pleased about the institutional recognition of the importance which is given to the European social dialogue and of the negotiation reflected in the new version of Article I-47, Title I. It encourages this development in particular with respect to the perspective of enlargement in order to provide the possibility of a genuine union activity at the community level to finally limit the phenomenon of social dumping.

5) Would like to see integrated in Article 3 the promotion of coordinating the national policies of the member states regarding the fight against poverty, and is in favour of introducing a housing right obliging the states or the local communities to guarantee the provision of salubrious housing.

6) deems necessary the application of the social rights valid for the citizens of the European Unions to residents from outside the Union.


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