As an MEP I sometimes feel like a ”Jack of all trades, master of none”. Today was one of those days.
I was involved in negotiating a resolution on homophobia, a report on the EU Constitution and a working document on the cost of interpretation.
I’m happy that the joint resolution on homophobia has not caused major problems. No reason it should, really. Even the worst homophobe in Europe should be able to respect fundamental rights. We will vote on the resolution in Strasbourg on Tuesday.
The EU Constitution is slowly getting out of intensive care. The Austrian Presidency has made its revival a priority.
In past months we have been working on a report on the how to proceed with the Constitution. The so called Duff-Voggenhuber report will be debated in plenary next week. The raporteurs have done an excellent job. The bottom line is clear: we need a Constitution by 2009. All major groups agree.
One of the suggestions of the report is that the European Parliament and national parliaments get together to reflect on the future of the Union. I think it’s a good idea. It won’t lead to a revolution, but it will get the debate going. The more we talk about the EU, the more we will be able to unravel myths.
The working document on the cost of interpretation is interesting. I’ll get back to the nitty gritty later.