Balkenende wants new EU treaty soon
26 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende supports the German plans to make headway on the negotiations for a new European treaty.
26 March 2007
AMSTERDAM – Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende supports the German plans to make headway on the negotiations for a new European treaty.
"It is good to pick up the pace now," Balkenende said, so as to ensure the process is completed in a timely manner.
The prime minister says it remains a question of "time and substance." "The aim is to have it ready for 2009 and we have to get out of this deadlock. But it depends on the substance of the treaty. That is why Chancellor Angela Merkel also said, and rightly so, that 'time will tell'," the prime minister said.
In June the EU countries will determine the time schedule for decisions on a new treaty. The first step will be a conference in which the countries hold direct negotiations with each other on what they want the new text to contain.
The EU countries want to have a new treaty ratified by the European parliamentary elections in June 2009. "That means we will have to have quite a bit done by the end of this year," Balkenende said.
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