10 September, 2003
BRUSSELS 10/09/2003 (ANA/A. Panagopoulos)
Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Costas Karamanlis met with European Commission President Romano Prodi on Tuesday and discussed the upcoming intergovernmental conference, the developments concerning the draft European Constitution, and the agricultural policy of the Union.
According to sources, during talks the two men arrived at the conclusion that it would be very difficult, but not unattainable, to conclude talks on the European Constitution during the Italian EU presidency.
Karamanlis stressed that the new European Constitution is a huge step forward, but many more remain to be done and stood for the Community type of approach to the Union's governance and against the Intergovernmental cooperation type of governance and requested the upgrade of the Europarliament's role.
Both Karamanlis and Prodi agreed that each member-state should be represented by its own commissioner in the European Commission.
Source: Athens News Agency