25 FEBRUARY 2003
By the Select Committee appointed to consider European
Union documents and other matters relating to the European Union.
THE FUTURE OF EUROPE: CONSTITUTIONAL TREATYDRAFT
CONV 528/03 Draft of Articles 1 to 16 of the
Purpose of Report
1. The purpose of this Report is to bring to
the attention of the House the draft Treaty Articles now being
discussed in the Convention on the Future of Europe. The text
of many if not all of the draft Articles is likely to change over
the coming weeks and months. Nonetheless the Committee
takes the view that the House might welcome sight of the text
as soon as possible together with the preliminary reactions and
observations of the Committee.
2. It seems likely that the text of the new Treaty
will appear in stages. As drafts of groups of Articles are settled
by the Praesidium, the Convention steering group, they will be
made available for discussion in the Convention plenary. The objective
is to reach consensus on a draft (complete) Treaty by the end
of June. Bringing forward draft Articles in groups may not be
idealthey cannot be considered in the round and the effect
of the broad provisions in Part One (Constitutional Structure)
of the draft Treaty may not be comprehensible without seeing the
detail in Part Two (Union Policies and their Implementation).
But it appears to be the most practical way of achieving that
objective and of enabling the fullest debate in the Convention,
national parliaments and more generally.
3. Set out below is the text of each of the first
16 Articles. Each Article is followed by an Explanatory note (the
text of which has been prepared by the Convention Secretariat)
and a Commentary added by the Committee.
4. The ordering of the first 16 Articles follows
that of the Preliminary draft Constitutional Treaty
("the skeleton text") published in October last year.
The skeleton text is reproduced in Appendix 2.
- We make this Report to the House for information.
1 See Appendix 1 for membership of the European Union
Committee and of Sub-Committee E (Law and Institutions) which
undertook the detailed scrutiny work. Back
It is also proposed that there will be a Part Three (General and
Final Provisions). Back
Doc. CONV 369/02. 28 October 2002. Back