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Institutional reform: preparing the Union for enlargement

If the European Union is to function properly after it is enlarged to include the countries of central and eastern Europe its institutions will have to be refashioned. To pave the way for the necessary changes, an intergovernmental conference (IGC) was launched at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels on 14 February 2000.

The IGC's work should be completed by the end of the year, in time for the new treaty to be adopted at the European Council in Nice in December. Each Member State will then have to ratify the treaty in accordance with its own constitutional procedures.

The European Parliament has been seeking a radical overhaul of the EU's decision-making machinery for some time, so that the Union can operate more efficiently and democratically. It is involved in the workings of the IGC through its President, Nicole Fontaine, and its two representatives, German Christian Democrat Elmar Brok and Greek Socialist Dimitris Tsatsos.

In the interests of transparency and securing public approval of any proposed changes, Parliament is anxious to ensure that ordinary citizens are kept abreast of developments during the negotiations at the IGC. This webpage is part of the effort to provide that information.

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