The participants of the international conference organized by the Union of European Federalists (UEF) in Prague on 21st to 22nd May 2004 declared in favour of the approval of the European Constitution in June.
Concerned by the negative developments in the new phase of the Intergovernmental Conference, the participants urged the governments of the member states to confirm all the democratic elements which have been introduced by the Convention to place the citizens at the heart of the new political union.
The Union should primarily become a citizens'union rather than merely a union of states. Therefore the participants sought to defend the Charter of Fundamental Rights, the co-decision and budgetary powers of the European Parliament, the election of the Commission president by the European Parliament, the double-majority voting in the Council as well as the citizens' initiative.
Any attempt by governments to water down or postpone the above mentioned improvements proposed by the Convention would endanger the necessary citizens' support in the Constitution; it would also weaken the capacity of the EU to act effectively.
1. The Prague Conference was attended by about 120 participants from Albania, Bulgaria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Finland, United Kingdom.
2. The UEF, founded in 1946, is an independent and non-governmental European organisation, campaigning for a federal Europe. It is presided over by Jo LEINEN, German MEP.
Contact : Bruno Boissière,
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The Czech section UEF CZ is chaired by Senator Daniel KROUPA.
Contact : Ivo Kaplan,
Tel.: +420-777 177 889.