The final stage in drafting an EU Constitutional Treaty is underway. Smaller and bigger EU members seem to be lining up in opposing camps. Here Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen offers his hopes for what type of treaty will emerge.
After the historic decision on enlargement, the European Union now faces the task of making a Union with 25 or more Member States a success. That is the task of the Intergovernmental Conference, which started its work on October 4th. Governments of the 15 current member states and the 10 new members will negotiate a Constitutional Treaty that will form the framework for European co-operation in the future.
We aim for a Treaty that can stand for several years without further changes. Denmark has a clear goal in these talks: to ensure a strong, democratic and transparent Union.
The Intergovernmental Conference works on the basis of the draft Treaty presented by the European Convention. The Convention worked in full transparency for more than a year, designing a single, consolidated draft Treaty that was agreed upon by a broad consensus among its members.