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amendment form



Suggestion for amendment of : Part 2, Title B: ‘The Union’s external action’
Mr : W. van Eekelen

Status : - Alternate

The term “peace making” should be replaced by “peace enforcement”



Explanation (if any) :

AMENDMENT FORM



Suggestion for amendment of Article : 1.2 (d)
By Mr. Frans Timmermans

Status : Member of the European Convention

In addition, of the preliminary, I introduce the following amendment:
foster the sustainable economic, social and environmental development of developing countries, with the primary aim of eradicating poverty.

Explanation:


  1. International meetings have agreed language on sustainable development defining it as “environmental, economic and social development”. It is not possible to take out one of these pillars of sustainable development in a general objective. This would also make the objectives of external action of the Union consistent with the objectives of the Union as a whole as included in Article 2 of the EC treaty, and the revised Article 3 of the Constitution as agreed upon by the Convention plenary sessions.

  2. The sustainable development with the primary aim to eradicate poverty applies to all developing countries as agreed by the United Nations (UN Millennium Declaration) and the OECD (list of developing countries). All EU Member States have endorsed this objective and agreed to the OECD list of developing countries.


amendment form
Suggestion for amendment of Article : 16 (2)
Suggestion for protocol :

By Mr : René van der Linden

Frans Timmermans
Wim van Eekelen

Status : - Members

- Alternate

2. The European Council shall consist of the Heads of State or Government of the Member

States, together with its President and the President of the Commission. The Foreign Minister

shall take part in its work.



Explanation (if any) :

The President should a member of the European Council.


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Suggestion for amendment of Article : 16 (3)
Suggestion for protocol :

By Ms / Mr : René van der Linden

Frans Timmermans

Status : - Members

3. The European Council shall meet quarterly, convened by its President. When the agenda so



requires, its members may decide to be assisted by a minister, and, in the case of the President

of the Commission, a Commissioner. When the situation so requires, the President shall

convene an additional meeting of the European Council.


Explanation (if any) :

This should be regulated in the second part of the treaty.


amendment form
Suggestion for amendment of Article : 16 a (1)
Suggestion for protocol :

By Ms / Mr : Frans Timmermans

Status : - Member

The European Council shall elect its President, by qualified majority, for a term of two and a

half years. The person elected must be a member of the European Council. In cases of serious malpractice, the European Council can end his mandate according to the same procedure.

On issues concerning its common foreign and security policy he shall ensure that the Union at

his level is effectively represented in the wider world.
Explanation:
The President should a member of the European Council and be elected for a maximum period of two and a half years.

Explanation (if any) :

AMENDMENT FORM



Suggestion for amendment of Article : 16a (2)
By Mr. Frans Timmermans

Status : Member of the European Convention

In addition, of the preliminary, I introduce the following amendment:
The President of the European Council shall chair it and drive forward its work, ensuring in cooperation with the General Affairs Council and the Commission proper preparation and continuity. He shall endeavour to facilitate cohesion and consensus within the European Council. He shall present a report to the European Parliament after each of its meetings.


Explanation:
Article 17a(1) indicates that the General Affairs Council and the Commission have an important role in preparing the meetings of the European Council. Therefore, for the sake of accuracy, it should also be listed in this article as such.

AMENDMENT FORM



Suggestion for amendment of Chapter: 3
By Mr. Frans Timmermans

Status : Member of the European Convention

In addition, of the preliminary, I introduce the following amendment:
DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION: COOPERATION WITH THIRD COUNTRIES AND HUMANITARIAN AID

Explanation:
Development cooperation is a strong part of the Union’s action in the world, on the same level as Common Foreign and Security Policy and Trade Policy. It is necessary that this is reflected in the title of this Chapter.

amendment form
Suggestion for amendment of Article : 16 a (4)
Suggestion for protocol :

By Mr : René van der Linden

Wim van Eekelen
Status : - Member

- Alternate


Article 16a : The European Council Chair
4. The President of the European Council may not be a member of another European institution

or hold a national mandate.

Explanation (if any) :

The President should a member of the European Council.



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Suggestion for amendment of Article : 17a(1)
By Mr. Frans Timmermans

Status : Member of the European Convention

In addition, of the preliminary, I introduce the following amendment:
The General Affairs Council shall ensure consistency in the work of the Council of Ministers.

With the participation of the Commission and the President of the European Council, it shall prepare meetings of the European Council.




Explanation:
Article 16a(2) indicates that the chairman of the European Council has an important role in preparing the meetings of the European Council. Therefore, for the sake of accuracy, it should also be listed in this article as such.

amendment form
Suggestion for amendment of Article : 17a(2)
Suggestion for protocol :

By Ms / Mr : René van der Linden

Frans Timmermans

Wim van Eekelen
Status : - Members

- Alternate

Article 17a : Council formations
2. The Legislative Council shall consider in public and, jointly with the European Parliament, enact

European laws and European framework laws, in accordance with the provisions of the

Constitution. Each Member State's ministerial representative may be assisted by one or, if

necessary, two specialist ministers, reflecting the business on the Council agenda.




Explanation (if any) :
This is a confirmation of art. 36.

AMENDMENT FORM



Suggestion for amendment of Article : 25 (1)
By Mr. Frans Timmermans

Status : Member of the European Convention

In addition, of the preliminary, I introduce the following amendment:

The union policy in the sphere of development co-operation shall aim at reducing and eventually, to eradicating poverty. This objective entails support for sustainable economic, social and environmental development, promotion of the gradual integration of developing countries in the world economy, and a determination to combat inequality.

Union policy in the sphere of development cooperation shall be conducted within the framework of the principles and objectives of the Union's external action as set out in Article 1 of this Title. The Union's development cooperation policy and that of the Member States complement and reinforce each other.

Explanation:
Development co-operation should also have its own short objectives introduced in this article as the Trade policy (Art 23), or the Humanitarian Aid (art 30). Those objectives are consistent with article 1, but it is important to define the real basis of the Union’s development policy.


AMENDMENT FORM



Suggestion for amendment of Article : 25(2)
By Mr. Frans Timmermans

Status : Member of the European Convention

In addition, of the preliminary, I introduce the following amendment:
The Union and the Member States shall comply with the commitments and contribute to the

objectives they have approved in the context of the United Nations and other competent

international organisations.

Explanation:
As a major player in the world, the EU should not only take account of those objectives, but also contribute to them.

AMENDMENT FORM



Suggestion for a new Article : 25(3)
By Mr. Frans Timmermans

Status : Member of the European Convention

In addition, of the preliminary, I introduce the following amendment:
This chapter shall cover co-operation with all developing countries.

Explanation:
The chapter on economic, financial and technical co-operation with Third countries does not specify which countries can be covered under that sub-chapter; clarity needs to be obtained as to the difference between the two chapters, particularly in terms of their coverage.

AMENDMENT FORM



Suggestion for amendment of Article : 28(1)
By Mr. Frans Timmermans

Status : Member of the European Convention

In addition, of the preliminary, I introduce the following amendment:
Without prejudice to the other provisions of this Treaty, and in particular those of Articles 25

to 27 of this Title concerning development cooperation, the Union shall, within its spheres of



competence, carry out economic, financial and technical cooperation measures with non developing countries. Such measures shall be consistent with the development policy of the Union. The Union's measures and those of the Member States shall complement and reinforce each other. They shall be carried out within the framework of the principles and objectives of the Union's external action as set out in Article 1 of this Title.

Explanation:
Clarity needs to be obtained as to the difference between the development co-operation chapter and the economic, financial and technical co-operation particularly in terms of their coverage.
amendment form
Suggestion for amendment of Article : 16 a (3)
Suggestion for protocol :

By Mr : René van der Linden

Frans Timmermans
Status : - Members


Article 16a : The European Council Chair
3. The European Council may decide by consensus to appoint create a board consisting of three of its members chosen according to a system of equitable rotation to assist to the preparatory work.


Explanation (if any) :


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