Poland among 13 countries against 'unconsidered' change of EU Treaty

EC President Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday that the EU Treaties should be changed and that the principle of unanimity should be removed. Ronald Wittek/PAP/EPA

Poland and 12 other EU countries have come out against "unconsidered and premature attempts to launch a process towards the EU Treaty change," according to an unofficial document.

Apart from Poland, the document has been signed by Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Romania, Slovenia and Sweden.

"While we do not exclude any options at this stage, we do not support unconsidered and premature attempts to launch a process towards Treaty change," the 13 EU countries wrote.

In their opinion, efforts in that direction would "entail a serious risk of drawing energy away" from public priorities and "the urgent geopolitical challenges facing Europe."

Representatives of the 13 countries stated that the EU "can deliver with the current treaty framework," as shown by the way Europe had been dealing with the recent crises, namely, the coronavirus pandemic and Russia's aggression against Ukraine.

"We already have a Europe that works," they said, adding that there was no need to quickly introduce institutional reforms.

The unofficial document was distributed on the day that the European Parliament in Strasbourg hosted a closing ceremony for the Conference on the Future of Europe, a consultation of hundreds of EU citizens on ways the bloc could respond better to public expectations.

The proposals listed in the report span nine themes: climate change and environment, the economy, migration, digital transformation, democracy, education, values and the rule of law, health, and the position of the EU in the world.

The report also calls for the EU to remove the principle of unanimity in EU decisions which now exists in areas of foreign and security policy, taxes, EU finances, some areas of justice and home affairs and social security and protection.

EC President Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday that the EU Treaties should be changed and that the principle of unanimity should be removed. "Unanimity voting in some key areas simply no longer makes sense if we want to be able to move faster," she said.