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Tuesday, May 25, 1999 Published at 13:35 GMT 14:35 UK

Plaid Cymru

Plaid Cymru

Manifesto: "A strong voice for Wales in Europe."

'A democratic European Union'

  • "The EU must become democratic. Each of the natural communities - the nations and historic regions - should become a basic unit in the process of integration."
  • The European Parliament should have legislative powers. A European senate, made up of representatives of each of the nations and regions, should be created. European law-making should be transferred from the Council of Ministers to this bicameral parliament.

    'An open and accountable EU'

    Plaid Cymru proposes:

  • A written constitution for the EU and a Bill of Rights for Europe.
  • The decision-making process of the Council of Ministers must be made more accountable and representatives.
  • All documents should be published and available in a readable form to the public.
  • The EU should promote citizen involvement and educational systems which encourage public concern for public affairs.

    The Welsh Assembly and Europe

    "The establishment of the National Assembly of Wales should be reflected by a stronger presence at the centre of the EU."

    Plaid Cymru proposes:

  • The assembly will have a cross-cutting European committee, which must be fully supported by a staff unit. The assembly must have a European minister to deal effectively with European strategy and policy issues.
  • Welsh MPs, MEPs and representatives on the Committee of the Regions and the Economic and Social Committee should have the right to attend meetings of the European Committee as non-voting members.
  • Each subject committee in the assembly must examine relevant EU developments. A member of each committee should be designated European co-ordinator.
  • Wales should have a strong presence within the Office of the UK Permanent Representation to the EU.
  • The relevant Welsh minister should reflect the assembly's views directly to the Council of Ministers.
  • A multi-function "embassy" should be established in Brussels.

    The euro and economic union

    Plaid Cymru believes the single currency can bring significant benefits for industry and competitiveness.

  • The Welsh Assembly should debate the effect of monetary union as a matter of urgency, and decide on the best position for Wales.
  • Joining the euro should be balanced by "a stronger regional policy and treaty commitment to full employment".
  • The European Central Bank (ECB) should be democratically accountable to the European Parliament.
  • The ECB should have a broader remit than controlling inflation.

    The Democratic Party of the People's of Europe

    Plaid Cymru is a member of the Democratic Party of the Peoples of Europe - European Free Alliance (DPP-EFA).

    The DPP-EFA supports:

  • An EU of free peoples based on the principles of subsidiarity and belief in solidarity with each other and other peoples of the world.
  • Defence of human rights and the principle of self-determination.
  • Protecting the environment and sustainable development.
  • Creating a fair society with policies for social cohesion and equal opportunities for all citizens.
  • Parliamentary democracy.

    Global issues

    Plaid Cymru proposes:

  • Abolition of all nuclear weapons and reduction in military expenditure everywhere.
  • Implementation of Jubilee 2000's call for third world debt cancellation.
  • Reform and strengthening of the UN.
  • Reform and democratisation of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

    "The way ahead for Wales is now clear. We need to build rapidly on the political gains of the late 20th century. The future context itself may be difficult to foresee with any precision, but the overall trends are clear.

    "The EU is emerging as one of the worlds' major political and economic blocs. Wales needs its own voice in our European home. The task of Plaid Cymru, the party of Wales is to develop the role of the National Assembly in that direction."

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