[fyeg_gen-l] THE EUROPEAN GREEN PARTY/EFGP

Natalie Debono ndebono at onvol.net
Thu Feb 17 21:26:43 CET 2005


THE EUROPEAN GREEN PARTY/EFGP

PRESS RELEASE

Brussels, 17th February 2005

PRESS RELEASE

Resolution of the European Green Party on

the EU Constitutional Treaty



In an extraordinary Council meeting of the European Green Party in
Brussels, 
the European Greens said "yes" to the EU Constitution text by a majority
of 
51 votes for, 7 against and no abstentions.  The European Greens are
made up 
of 32 member parties. The parties that voted against the adoption of the

Treaty for the Constitution were: Miljöpartiet de Gröna - Sweden, De
Gronne 
- Denmark, Miljöpartiet De Gronne - Norway, Ecologists Greens - Greece.


Grazia Francescato, Co- Spokesperson of the European Green Party, said:
"A 
good majority of the Greens in Europe believe that a "yes" to the 
Constitution is of extreme importance for the development of a more 
democratic Europe.  Despite its defects, the Constitution will be a step

forward towards more transparent and people friendly European politics.

With the adoption of the Constitution, the nightmare Nice Treaty, a
result 
of behind the scenes horse-trading, is now over."


Pekka Haavisto, Co-spokesperson of the European Green Party, added: "Of 
course this text of the Constitution can only be a first step, since the

Constitution as it is, in particular Part III, is still far from the
ideal 
democratic standards, which we Greens envisage.  The job of the Greens
will 
be to start reforming the Constitution text in an even more democratic 
direction, as soon as this is ratified".


The following is the resolution approved by the European Green Party:


Resolution of the European Green Party on

the EU Constitutional Treaty

a. In light of the European Green Party's guidelines for the development
of 
the European Union on a democratic and federal basis, linking people and

nations;

b. Recalling that European integration is a democratic event and a
factor in 
peace and social development unique in history, and that this
integration 
can be an example for the construction of democratic mechanisms at a
global 
level;

c. Stressing the active participation of ecologists in the work of the 
European Convention and their proposals for a deepening of democracy and
of 
the competencies of the Union in the fields of social, tax, energy and 
foreign policy to contribute to sustainable development and solidarity 
between citizens;

d. Taking note of the work of the Convention and the Intergovernmental 
Conference which finally decided on the draft treaty establishing a 
Constitution for Europe (TCE);

e. Being aware that new political will-power must be asserted in order
to 
make the enlargement of the Union a success, so that the values and
basic 
rights of citizens are effectively promoted, strengthened and defended 
within the Union and in the world;

f. Criticizing the very limited progress in improving decision-making in
the 
field of economic and social policy;

g. Recalling its call for a European referendum, alone likely to
properly 
contribute to a transnational debate and, failing this, its support for 
popular consultations organised at a national level;

h. Recalling the fact that the process of European integration is not
yet 
complete and that further reforms will be necessary to ensure the full 
democratisation of EU institutions, internal cohesion and a smooth 
integration of new member states;

i. Acknowledging the concerns of some member parties with regard to 
deficiencies of the constitution which lead them to campaigning against
its 
ratification;



the Council of the European Green Party:

1. Taking the text of the draft treaty that was decided upon unanimously
by 
the heads of government and state of the 25 Member States;

2. Supports the Green Group's resolution and accordingly:

considers that this TCE makes significant improvements in relation to
the 
existing Treaties which it would replace, in particular regarding the 
extension of supranational parliamentary democracy and the consolidation
of 
the aims of sustainable development, social solidarity and full
employment;
strongly regrets the presence of the chapters concerning the policies of
the 
Union, inserted in Part III of the project, and the maintenance of the 
unanimity rule in crucial political fields and the procedures to amend
the 
Treaties;
underlines however that this draft treaty represents a more effective 
framework for policy work at a European level than the treaties in
force, 
and stresses that it is now up to the political and social forces to lay

down concrete policy guidelines that can be modified according to the 
majorities resulting from future national and European elections;

                    3. Calls accordingly for a vote in favour of the
draft 
treaty;

4. Intends to make full use of the expanded possibilities for closer 
cooperation, the new articles on energy and animal welfare and the
popular 
initiative offered by the Constitution to make progress on a wide range
of 
issues;

5. Is convinced that in order to allow the EU to play a positive role in

reaching our priority goals of social justice, ecologically sustainable 
development and peace, new initiatives to complete and strengthen
European 
democracy will be necessary;

6. Welcomes the first step towards modification of the Constitution set
in 
January 2005, when the European Parliament, on a proposal by the Greens,

announced that it will make use of its future right of initiative to
propose 
improvements in the Constitution;

7. Will instigate a European citizen's initiative with the aim of
obtaining 
citizens support for a first amendment to the Constitution focusing on 
extending European democracy, creating an area of social security,
justice 
and solidarity and giving the EU the instruments to play a role of peace
in 
the international scene.

8. To this end, takes the firm commitment of building stable dialogue
and 
alliances with all those social, economic forces and associations that
share 
our goals, in order to launch the initiative to amend to the
Constitutional 
Treaty, aimed at answering at its shortcomings;

9. Underlines the need to continue in the coming years the process of 
amending the treaty and in particular the articles of part III which 
underlines the policies of the Union but were not discussed at the time
of 
the convention's work.




Arnold Cassola

Secretary General

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