Verhofstadt flexible on constitution

4th December 2003, Comments 0 comments

4 December 2003, BRUSSELS – Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt has told the Belgian Parliamentary Commission for European Affairs that he saw no reason to reject a compromise on a European constitutional treaty.

4 December 2003

BRUSSELS – Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt has told the Belgian Parliamentary Commission for European Affairs that he saw no reason to reject a compromise on a European constitutional treaty.

“As a pioneer, Belgium cannot expect others to agree on everything it proposes.  There is no reason to reject a compromise, even if it falls short of proposals put forward by the EU Convention,” said Verhofstadt.

Verhofstadt’s flexibility announcement was in contrast to earlier steel-clad support of the newly drafted constitution in its current form.

The Parliamentary Commission talks demonstrated stark differences of opinion on the future of the EU between the ruling Belgian parties.

Flemish and francophone socialist parties questioned whether the EU as described in the Convention was the kind of Europe Belgians wanted.

Both Liberal parties however have shown themselves to be ardent supporters of the first draft of Europe’s new constitution.

Subject: Belgian news

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