Bruno BOISSIERE, European Secretary-General of the U.E.F., explained that the 16 Members of the European Parliament, who were appointed during the Strasbourg plenary session, should play a key role as the driving force within the Convention on the future of Europe. On the basis of the recent parliamentary reports (the Duhamel Report and the Leinen-Méndez de Vigo Report) there is a clear orientation for a European Constitution with more democracy, efficiency and transparency in the EU.
„The U.E.F. sees many competent MEPs within the constitutional Convention who are committed defenders of a federal Europe“, Bruno BOISSIERE stated. Nevertheless, he regretted that the PSE group did not consider the qualities of leading figures like Richard CORBETT (PSE Coordinator of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs, UK), Jo LEINEN (Co-rapporteur on the Future of the Union, D), Giorgio NAPOLITANO (President of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs, I) and Dimitris TSATSOS (Observer of the EP at the last IGC, GR) in the PSE group were not considered.
The Secretary-General of the U.E.F. further hopes that this does not reflect a lack of willingness of the Group of the Party of European Socialists to actively promote a European Federal Constitution.
Bruno BOISSIERE, UEF European Secretary-General, Tel.: +32-2.508 30 32
The Union of European Federalists (UEF) is an independent, non-governmental, and supranational organisation dedicated to the promotion of a federal Europe.
President : Jo LEINEN, MEP