Extracts from the speech by Jacques Barrot, plenary session of the EESC
End production: 12/07/2007
Jacques Barrot, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport, briefed the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on his views on the future of Europe and the Reform Treaty. He said that even if he regreted some of the opt-outs and derogations, it was a good agreement. His statement was followed by a debate with the members of the EESC.
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||View outside the European Parliament in Brussels, where the plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) took place
||Arrival of Jacques Barrot, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport
||General view of the plenary session
||Dimitris Dimitriadis, President of the EESC, (in ENGLISH) saying that he feels obliged at this point to make an open and honest remark on behalf of a very large majority of the EESC members; they deeply regret that it was not possible to save the Constitution which has been ratified so far by 18 of the 27 Member States of the EU;
for them, the Reform Treaty is not the end but only the beginning of a Constitutional process;
the EESC will continue to claim more democracy, more openness and more participation of the citizens in the EU
||Jacques Barrot (in FRENCH) saying that of course, they would have preferred to avoid the transition periods and the safeguard clauses; but every agreement is the result of a compromise;
there is a Charter of Fundamental Rights that protects the rights of the citizens and offers them juridical guarantees with a clause of safeguard that guarantees that the Union must respect a long list of rights; once more they would have preferred that the Charter was applied to all Member States, but a derogation was part of the compromises needed to get an agreement
||Jacques Barrot (in FRENCH) saying that from all the progress that he has mentioned he can conclude that:
firstly, Europe has listened to its citizens and taken their demands into account;
secondly, Member States have proved their political will to get out of the deadlock and go ahead
||General view of the plenary session (4 shots)