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Convention On The Future Of Europe

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 22 May 2003

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To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his answer to the right hon. Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Mr. Duncan Smith) of 14 May 2003, Official Report, column 306, what the basis is of his statement that the European Convention is necessary to make accession work. [115285]

The Convention on the Future of Europe is looking at how an enlarged EU can continue to function effectively and transparently. The Laeken Declaration, which mandated the Convention, tasks it to see

"how we can improve the efficiency of decision-making and the workings of the institutions in a Union of some thirty Member States"
as well as simplify the Treaties and make the EU more accessible to its citizens. Reform of the EU's institutions and processes is necessary for an enlarged EU of 28 to work efficiently.