Macron said on Monday in Strasbourg that he supports the European Parliament’s proposal to convene a constitutional conference. “We have to reform our scripts. One of the ways to achieve this reform is to conclude an agreement to review treaties.
Macron said at the closing ceremony of a conference on the future of Europe that the Maastricht Treaty on the euro and the single monetary policy or the Schengen agreement on the abolition of fixed border controls within the European Union needed reform.
At the same time Macron announced, 13 countries in the European Union published a paper in which they spoke out against a constitutional agreement. “We already have Europe in action,” the statement read. There is no reason to implement institutional reforms in order to achieve results. “We remember that treaty changes were never the objective of the conference,” he added. The paper was supported mainly by the northern and eastern European Union countries, including Denmark, Poland, Romania and the Czech Republic.
Macron warned not to allow those hesitating over reform projects to slow them down. Don’t be afraid of the vanguard, but let yourself be carried away. In his view, the desire to keep the 27 member states together has long hampered the EU’s ambitions.
There is usually a complicated procedure for changing EU treaties: governments, the EU Parliament or the EU Commission can propose corresponding drafts, which are then sent to heads of state, government and national parliaments.
If the Heads of State and Government agree to the proposed changes by a simple majority, a conference will be convened by representatives of national parliaments, Heads of State and Government, the European Parliament and the Commission. This could unanimously accept a recommendation on drafts. In addition, the amendments must be implemented in accordance with national constitutions.
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