According to the Presidency's work programme, one of the priority areas during the current Presidency will be the EU Constitution. Logically, the EU Constitution should be dead and buried, given that the populations of two Member States have rejected it in referendums. The Presidency's statements, however, indicate that it takes a totally different point of view on this matter. It is crucial - particularly from a democratic viewpoint - that the population of the Member States receive, clearly and unequivocally, a straight answer about the Presidency's plans for the work in progress on the Constitution.
Which parts of the Constitution does the Presidency wish to retain? Will the Presidency propose that a specific section should be withdrawn from or added to the Constitution which the French and Dutch people have rejected? Does the Presidency not consider it dubious to continue working to achieve an EU Constitution in view of the fact that all Member States must agree on amendments to the Treaties and that the populations of two Member States have already rejected it?