Leading NGOs submit amendments on justice and home affairs to the Convention


The Standing Committee of experts on international immigration, refugee and criminal law (the "Meijers Committee", Utrecht, Netherlands) and Statewatch (London, UK) have submitted an extensive series of amendments on justice and home affairs to the Convention on the future of Europe.

The submission raises serious concerns which are:

"inspired by the wish to ensure that executive power when exercised by the Council and its committees, agencies or independent bodies is subject to independent scrutiny and overall accountability to parliaments, the judicial system and ultimately to the citizen"

Joint suggested amendments to draft constitutional articles on justice and home affairs by the Standing Committee of experts on international immigration, refugee and criminal law (Utrecht, Netherlands) and Statewatch (London, UK): Standing Committee and Statewatch

Background documentation


1. Previous submission by NGOs on justice and home affairs to the Convention: Submission

2. Convention: Area of freedom, security and justice, draft Article 31, Part One & draft Articles from Part Two, 14 March 2003: Full-text (pdf)

3. UK: Select Committee on the European Union, House of Lords, 16th report, 27 March 2003: html version and pdf version



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