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"Mr President, I will not use up my two minutes to thank the Ombudsman – because it would be quite possible to do so – but instead I will focus attention on a matter raised in Mr Wynn’s report. The Ombudsman has appealed to the Convention proposing that he should in some cases be able to refer violations of fundamental rights to the Court of Justice of the European Communities. This is a notion that should be taken seriously, because the Ombudsman seems to be the sole European institution that is really founded on the principles of the Charter of Fundamental Rights. All the other institutions seem instead to be backsliding with regard to its demands, although it is the very institutions themselves these demands should be binding on. Secondly, I would like to raise a point made in the report drawn up by my colleague, Mr Koukiadis, which is absolutely crucial with regard to what Mr Kronberger said about strengthening the powers of the Committee on Petitions so that it could represent and defend the rights of citizens. Point 5 of Mr Koukiadis’s report states the notion that the Treaties should provide the possibility for citizens to initiate reform of Community law by petitioning the European Parliament. I ardently support this view and believe that, as we are discussing opportunities for citizens to have an influence, we should at long last include citizens as participants in the decision-making process and not just as the subjects of that process. We might take an example from a country like Switzerland, where the people can indeed initiate the legislative process. I believe we need such initiatives if we want the public to accept that the European Union has jurisdiction over their lives."@en1

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