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Quotes from the presidency press conference

at the EU summit in Brussels on 17-06-2005

THIS IS WHAT THEY SAID:

Juncker: "We all believe that the constitutional treaty is the right answer to the many questions that Europeans are asking themselves. We believe that the ratification process must continue. There will not be a better treaty. There cannot be even the glimpse of any putative renegotiation.” ---- “I really believe that neither the French nor the Dutch rejected the constitutional treaty. Many of the questions raised during the debate in France and the Netherlands are answered in the constitution. ---- “Unfortunately the electorate did not realise that the constitutional treaty was specifically aimed at meeting their concerns and that’s why we need to have a period of explanation for explaining this to citizens.“

“Europe needs to listen to its citizens in a more intense way.“ ---- (After the journalist's question whether this would not be a period of persuasion instead of reflection) - “If persuasion would be the result of the period; that would be fine for me.” ---- “We didn’t explain what (…) would have been (…) if we didn’t have the euro which protected the whole euro zone and not just members of the Euro zone because those who are not members of the euro zone often benefit from the umbrella what is spread over Europe by the Euro.” ---- “I am optimistic that it will be possible to persuade people that the constitutional treaty is the right set of rules for the future. I am totally convinced that we are able to convince the citizens.” ---- It will be premature to discuss the split into parts of the constitution. I think this will be a totally impossible debate for the next coming years.”

Barroso: “There is going to be a period of reflection but we are going to go on acting, we are going to listen. (…) The European institutions but also member states want to understand what European citizens want.(…) But we are not going to stop. We are not going to come to a hold. We got a plan. We got something to do.” ---- “We reaffirmed that there is no alternative to this constitution. No one suggested that we should renegotiate the constitution, not at all.” ---- “We do not want to give up the constitution nor do we want to carry on with business as usual and pretend nothing has happened.” ---- “In fact there is no way in the immediate future that these two countries [F and NL] ratify the Constitution. (…) That is why we are now going to have a period of stop-taking, of what we call reflection.” ---- “We started a very honest debate, now. “

Borrell: “Not a single member state asked for the complete suspension of the ratification procedure. It would just have taken one to speak out against the procedure to stop the whole business. (…) We are slightly changing the timetable in order to allow for an in depth debate and a wide ranging discussion.” ---- “There were also pro Europeans voting no (…) because they want a different sort of Europe not this sort of Europe. That was a vote against the Europe that we’ve got as opposed to vote against the Europe that we were proposing.” ---- “It was a no against the context as opposed to the text. The whole thing became distorted by this issue of enlargement, not only the last enlargement but all the forthcoming enlargements as well.”

“In politics you can’t reduce things too far. France and the Netherlands didn’t say to everyone else: ‘We voted against. Everybody else has to stop!’ (…) I don’t know whether the Council would have voted to stop everything because they said it. But it didn’t happen.” ---- “I assume everyone is waiting for the end of the process to have an overall view and then we’ll all see what we need do next.”


  


Josep Borrell, Jean Claude Juncker and José Manuel Barroso at the presidency press conference on 17 June 2005




Jean Claude Juncker: “Unfortunately the electorate did not realize that the constitutional treaty was specifically aimed at meeting their concerns"

José Manuel Barroso: "The European institutions but also member states want to understand what European citizens want.(…) But we are not going to stop. We are not going to come to a hold. We got a plan. We got something to do."

Josep Borrell: "In politics you can’t reduce things too far. France and the Netherlands didn’t say to everyone else: ‘We voted against. Everybody else has to stop!’"



THAT IS THEIR DECLARATION (pdf-file):
Declaration by the Heads of State or Government