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Speakers of European Senates look forward to adoption of EU reform treaty

The Association of European Senates look forward to the adoption of EU reform treaty, which stipulates a consolidated role for the parliaments in examining the EU legislative proposals, reads the final declaration adopted in Bucharest on Friday by the Speakers of the Upper Chambers in Europe.

The unanimously voted document reads that the strengthening of democratic legitimacy of the decision-making process at EU level can be assured only by involving more parliaments. The declaration said that Romania and Bulgaria’s EU accession contributes to the consolidation and promotion of parliamentary democracy values. The presidents of the upper chambers of Parliaments in 15 European states met here Friday to discuss contributions that can made by Senates to ensuring a transparent governance.

The Association of European Senates was set up on June 6, 2001,and every year there are meetings hosted by every member state in turn. In 2008 the event will be held in Austria and an extraordinary session might take place in Moscow. (