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UPDATED: 12:12, June 13, 2006
Polish, Austrian PMs advocate extending reflection period for EU constitution
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Polish Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz and his Austrian counterpart Wolfgang Schuessel support extending the reflection period for Europe's ailing constitution, the Polish government information center announced on Monday.

The two premiers discussed the issue during a telephone conversation on the agenda for the European Union (EU) summit scheduled for June 15-16 in Brussels, according to the state PAP news agency.

Marcinkiewicz proposed "a review of the EU law and deleting outdated regulations," the information center said in a statement.

"He also reminded that the energy security issue was of fundamental importance for Poland," the statement said.

The so-called period of reflection was called for by the EU after the treaty, meant to streamline decision-making in an enlarged EU, was rejected by France and the Netherlands in last year's referendums.

The constitutional treaty will not come into force until it is endorsed by all 25 members of the EU.

Austria, holder of the rotating EU presidency until the end of June and to be succeeded by Finland in the second half of the year, is pressing for a solution to the constitution crisis by early 2008 at the latest.

Source: Xinhua

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