02 October, 2003
Prime Minister Costas Simitis and Foreign Minister George Papandreou on Wednesday discussed Greek positions, as well as those of other member-states, on the intergovernmental conference on the constitution of Europe, due to begin in Rome on October 4.
At the end of the meeting, Papandreou said in a statement that Greece considers the new intergovernmental conference a ''great historic opportunity'' to enable it to move into its next stage as Europe of the 25 member-states, having taken important decisions regarding the way of decision-making, the way of functioning and the even greater democratic participation of citizens.
Replying to a questioner, Papandreou reiterated that the Greek positions remain in general those also voiced in the framework of the constitutional assembly, declaring directly that Greece is positively disposed towards the draft European constitution presented at the Thessaloniki summit for the first time.
The foreign minister also termed as a very positive element arrangements contained in the draft constitution on European security, which provide member-states with the possibility of cooperating closer in this sector.
Source: Athens News Agency