EU Leaders Commit to Agree on Draft Constitution by June
Thursday, April 1, 2004 12:00 PM

On April 1, 2004, the leaders of the 25 current and future member states of the European Union unanimously committed themselves to reaching an agreement on the European Draft Constitution by their next summit, Jun 17-18, 2004.  The Constitution was submitted to the Presidency of the Council of the EU on July 18, 2003, and is currently being reviewed by the Intergovernmental Conference.  After the Constitution is approved by the member state leaders of the Intergovernmental Conference, it will need to be ratified by each member state, a process that is estimated to last two years.  Once ratified, the Constitution will make the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union binding law. 

The European Union Law and Policy on Trafficking page of this website has additional information on how the Constitution and the Charter of Fundamental Rights address the issue of trafficking in women.

The biweekly bulletin of the Constitutional Convention tracks the latest developments on the agreement process.