| The Praesidium has the role of lending impetus to
the Convention and providing it with a basis on which to work.|
The Praesidium consists of the Convention Chairman and Vice-Chairmen and
nine members drawn from the Convention: the representatives of all the governments
holding the Presidency of the Union during the Convention (Spain, Denmark
and Greece), two national parliament representatives, two European Parliament
representatives and two Commission representatives.
The Praesidium meets on a regular basis, normally twice a month: before
each plenary session of the Convention and once between sessions.
It has specific roles in preparing draft agendas for plenary sessions, and
in overseeing the activities and organisation of the Forum.
Mr Peterle, the representative of the Slovene Parliament in the
Convention, attends the meetings of the Praesidium as an invitee. He was
designated by the representatives of the parliaments of the candidate countries.
Mr Valéry GISCARD d'ESTAING
Mr Giuliano AMATO
Mr Jean-Luc DEHAENE
Representatives of the Governments holding the Council Presidency during
Mr Alfonso DASTIS
Mr Henning CHRISTOPHERSEN
Mr Georges PAPANDREOU
Representatives of the national parliaments
Mr John BRUTON
Ms Gisela STUART
Representatives of the European Parliament
Mr Klaus HÄNSCH
Mr Íñigo MÉNDEZ
Representatives of the European Commission
Mr Michel BARNIER
Mr António VITORINO
Mr Alojz PETERLE