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Laeken Declaration

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 22 May 2003

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To ask the Prime Minister what authority was given in the Laeken declaration to draft a constitutional treaty for Europe. [115286]

The European Council at Laeken concluded that

"in order to ensure that preparation for the forthcoming Intergovernmental Conference is as broadly-based and transparent as possible, the European Council has decided to convene a Convention".
It agreed the Laeken Declaration that mandated the Convention to consider a number of questions concerning the Future of Europe. One of these was what the features of a constitutional text for the EU might be. The authority for agreeing a Constitutional Treaty remains with the EU's Member States.