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Praesidium

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.

Chairman

Mr Valéry GISCARD d'ESTAING


Vice-Chairmen

Mr Giuliano AMATO

Mr Jean-Luc DEHAENE


Representatives of the Governments holding the Council Presidency during the Convention

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 DE VIGO


Representatives of the European Commission

Mr Michel BARNIER

Mr António VITORINO


Invitee

Mr Alojz PETERLE