MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION FOR THE RESPECT OF THE PRINCIPLE OF SEPARATION BETWEEN PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS AND RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS IN THE EUROPEAN CONSTITUTION


Pursuant to rule 48 of the Rules of Procedure

The European Parliament,

Whereas article 51 of the Draft Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe:
A. contradicts the principle of separation between public institutions and religious institutions;
B. obliges EU to a regular dialogue with churches and religious associations and communities recognising so to religious institutions a right of interference in the exercice of european public powers;
C. guarantees the perpetuation of privileges acquired at national level by religious institutions, preventing the scrutiny of their compatibility with the fundamental rights and freedoms of European citizens as with EU policies and Law;
D. has a terminology inappropriate for a Constitution such that it is likely to give rise to many juridical controversies;

Whereas freedom of organisation and freedom of action of religious associations and communities are already guaranteed by article 10 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights and article 46 of the Draft Constitutional Treaty related to representative associations of civil society;

Invites the Council, the Commission and the Member States to abrogate the article 51 of the Draft Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe and, in particular, invites the representatives of Belgium, France, Luxembourg and Sweden to use their veto, during the IGC, in coherence with the amendments viewing to suppress article 51 that they tabled during the Convention's work.

MEP SIGNATORIES (101):

Radicali - Lista Bonino (7): Emma Bonino, Marco Cappato, Gianfranco Dell'Alba, Benedetto Della Vedova, Olivier Dupuis, Marco Pannella, Maurizio Turco
PES (38): Antonio Campos, David Bowe, Maria Carrilho, Marie-Arlette Carlotti, Paulo Casaca, Michael Cashman, Dorette Corbey, Jean-Maurice Dehousse, Véronique De Keyser, Manuel Dos Santos, Saïd El Khadraoui, Giovanni Claudio Fava, Anne Ferreira, Marie-Hélène Gillig, Mary Honeyball, Renzo Imbeni, Hans Karlsson, Giorgios Katiforis, Vincenzo Lavarra, Eryl McNally, Emilio Menendez Del Valle, Rosa Miguelez, Claude Moraes, Pasqualina Napoletano, Béatrice Patrie, Gianni Pittella, Martine Roure, Giorgio Ruffolo, Guido Sacconi, Karin Scheele, Ioannis Souladakis, Sergio Sousa Pinto, Joke Swiebel, Elena Valenciano, Anne Van Lancker, Michiel Van Hulten, Gianni Vattimo, Olga Zrihen
ELDR (14): Anne André-Léonard, Johanna Boogerd-Quaak, Sarah Ludford, Cecilia Malmström, Claudio Martelli, Enrique Monsonis, William Newton Dunn, Jean-Thomas Nordmann, Marit Paulsen, Elly Plooij, Frédérique Ries, Luciana Sbarbati, Olle Schmidt, Dirk Sterckx
Greens/EFA (18): Uma Aaltonen, Nuala Ahern, Danielle Auroi, Alima Boumediene-Thierry, Jan Dhaene, Jillian Evans, Per Gahrton, Marie Anne Isler-Béguin, Jean Lambert, Caroline Lucas, Reinhold Messner, Camilo Nogueira, Heide Rühle, Inger Schörling, Patsy Sörensen, Bart Staes, Matti Wuori, Eurig Wyn
GUE/NGL (20): Sylviane Ainardi, Maria Luisa Bergaz Conesa, Fausto Bertinotti, Gérard Caudron, Giuseppe Di Lello, Pernille Frahm, Geneviève Fraisse, Dimitrios Koulourianos, Ole Krarup, Alain Krivine, Lucio Manisco, Helmuth Markov, Erik Meijer, Luisa Morgantini, Mihail Papayannakis, Michel-Ange Scarbonchi, Ilka Schröder, Feleknas Uca, Luigi Vinci, Francis Wurtz
EDD (4): Bent Andersen, Jean-Louis Bernié, Véronique Mathieu, Ulla Sandbaek