Giuliano Amato, Former Italian Prime Minister:
"They decided that the document should be unreadable. If it is unreadable, it is not Constitutional, that was the sort of perception... Should you succeed in understanding it at first sight there might be some reason for a referendum, because it would mean that there is something new."
(CER meeting, 12 July 2007)
Karel de Gucht, Belgian Foreign Minister:
aim of the Constitutional Treaty was to be more readable; the aim of
this treaty is to be unreadable… The Constitution aimed to be clear,
whereas this treaty had to be unclear. It is a success."
(Flandreinfo, 23 June 2007)
Jean Claude Juncker, Prime Minister of Luxembourg:
is different. Of course there will be transfers of sovereignty. But
would I be intelligent to draw the attention of public opinion to this
(Telegraph, 3 July 2007)
Jan Peter Balkenende, Dutch Premier:
"A new referendum is unnecessary and undesirable."
(Telegraph 23 September 2007)