Jens-Peter Bonde (IND/DEM). – Mr President, I would like to make a point of order based on Rules 166 and 167 on the admissibility of part of a resolution. Parliament’s Legal Service has said that we cannot use a non-ratified Treaty as a reference in our reports. This applies to the first indent of the Barón Crespo/Brok report.
(Applause from the IND/DEM Group)
I would like you to delete the reference, if the House should be so unwise as not to adopt our alternative resolution, which could solve the problem of inadmissibility much more easily.
May I also ask you to change all other reports referring to the proposed Constitution or the Charter of Fundamental Rights. According to Eurolex, 117 adopted legislative acts now include such references to the Charter. There are seven references to the Constitution. This information comes from Commission President Barroso, in an answer to a written question.
Mr President, I am sure that you and Mr Pöttering, in particular, as a skilled and very well educated lawyer, are the right people to establish law and order in our House. The Constitution has only been ratified by 16, not 18, of the 27 Member States, representing 37% of the citizens. This is still far from the unanimity required to make it a legal-base reference point. Your Legal Service is entirely right.
(Applause from certain quarters)
El Presidente. Señor Bonde: la interpretación de la Presidencia, que, como usted sabe, es la que tiene la competencia de interpretar el Reglamento (con todo el respeto al Servicio Jurídico, naturalmente, pero quien interpreta el Reglamento no es el Servicio Jurídico, sino la Presidencia)... La Presidencia, decía, interpreta que la referencia a un documento que existe, con independencia de que haya sido ratificado o no por todos los Estados miembros, y que ha sido firmado por todos los Jefes de Estado o de Gobierno, con independencia de la circunstancia de que haya sido ratificado o no por todos los Estados miembros, puede ser citado como referencia en la propuesta de resolución. Por tanto, la Presidencia interpreta que su objeción no tiene fundamento.
(Aplausos y protestas)
(El Parlamento no admite la enmienda oral)
- Antes de la votación del apartado 21:
Richard Corbett (PSE). – Mr President, on behalf of the PSE Group, we suggest replacing the word ‘possible’ with ‘reasonable’ so that it would read: ‘Emphasises that everything “reasonable” must be done to avoid the creation of a two-speed Europe’. I am sure you will accept the logic of this, that if we wanted to do everything possible, that might include shooting all opponents of this point of view. That is possible, but not reasonable, and as we are very reasonable people, we think we should say ‘reasonable’.