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IGC 2007: Parliament’s achievements and concerns

European Parliament President Hans-Gert Pöttering is to take part in the informal European Council in Lisbon on 18-19 October, which should conclude the EU’s Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) on treaty reform.

Parliament has been fully involved since the IGC began work in June, and the three MEPs, who represented Parliament in the ministerial-level meetings, Elmar Brok (EPP-ED, DE), Enrique Baron Crespo (PES, ES) and Andrew Duff (ALDE, UK), will also be in Lisbon.

Throughout the talks, Messrs Brok, Barón Crespo and Andrew Duff stressed the importance of the Charter of Fundamental Rights and EU citizenship, and asked for clarifications on certain Common Foreign and Security Policy provisions and on the UK position on freedom, justice and security.

Besides the ministerial meetings, they also voiced Parliament’s concerns in individual meetings with government representatives and the Commission, and with representatives of national parliaments. Thanks to Parliament’s input, substantial progress has been made, but some crucial points remain to be clarified, say the three representatives. (EP Press)