XXIII France 2000

The 23rd COSAC took place in Paris on 16-17 October 2000. The IGC was in its closing phase, with only two months to go before the heads of state or governments should conclude the Nice Treaty. The French Prime Minister, Mr Lionel Jospin, appeared before COSAC to present the state of negotiations at the IGC on institutional reform, which he declared had been very “rich”. However, since the views of national parliaments on institutional reform were as different as those among governments, COSAC did not try to provide detailed advice to the IGC, but settled for a call on Member States to reach an agreement that would “ensure efficient, transparent and legitimate institutions”.