16 Aug 2006

Jens-Peter Bonde MEP to speak at Law Department, University College Cork.

The Danish MEP Mr Jens-Peter Bonde will give a speech on the European Constitution at the Law Department, University College Cork on Friday 1st September at 7.00 p.m. Cork based MEP Kathy Sinnott will also speak at this event which comes at the end of the period of reflection on the EU Constitution.

Jens-Peter Bonde is one of the longest serving MEPs having been first elected to the European Parliament in 1979. Today Jens-Peter Bonde represents the Danish June Movement, a Eurorealistic organisation proposing transparency, proximity and democracy for Europe. He is a founding member of the European Democrat Party and President of the Ind/Dem Parliamentary Group.

Being a Euro-realist, the tenet of Mr Bonde’s speech will be the contentious issues surrounding the draft EU Constitution which, following the period of reflection in the EU, is now open to a comprehensive review of its principles, policies and the powers it intends to bestow on the EU institutions.The EU Constitution was rejected by Dutch and French voters in 2005, an event which caused other member states, including Ireland, to postpone their ratification procedures.

Mr Bonde is the main promoter of a more democratic vision for Europe based on mutual co-operation. His speech will encapsulate the needs of the EU citizen and suggest an alternative Constitution which is more sustainable and workable, thereby bringing the EU back to the people and the member states.

Further information on the speech is available from the Law Department Website: http://www.ucc.ie/en/lawsite/.

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