Letter: A constitution for all Euro citizens

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Sir: Ernest Wistrich (Letters, 21 May) suggests the drafting of a European constitution ('which could be submitted to a Europe-wide referendum at the same time as the next European parliamentary elections due in June 1994'). You may be interested to know that the Committee for Institutional Affairs of the European Parliament has been doing just that over the past several months.

The committee, of which I am a member, has now before it a draft paper that, in little more than 40 articles, attempts to present a constitution 'close to the citizens' of the European Union. We hope to be able to complete our work before the summer recess, so that the European Parliament plenary can vote on it in September or October.

Yours faithfully,

RUDIGER von WECHMAR

Abgeordneter, Liberale Fraktion

European Parliament

Strasbourg

24 May

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