XXV- Belgium 2001

The XXV COSAC took place in Brussels on 4-5 October 2001. At the Brussels COSAC, the Belgian Prime Minister, Mr Guy Verhofstad, launched the idea that national parliaments by means of an “alarm bell” should be involved in monitoring the demarcations of EU competences.

However, the Brussels COSAC did not try to agree on any proposals for changes to the EU Treaties. Instead, COSAC favoured the idea of assembling a Convention to prepare the IGC, underlining that it should not be a discussion forum. Rather, it should present “a coherent draft proposal to the 2004 IGC contributing solutions to the problems it was confronted with”.