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Conference on future of EU taking place in Brussels

BRUSSELS (ANA - A. Simatos) - A teleconference on the future of the European Union with the participation of speakers from member-states, acceding countries and candidate countries is being organised here this week by the ''Friends of Europe'' union. 

The main issues of the teleconference (carried out with satellite connections) is the role of national Parliaments in the EU's decision-making processes, the values of the EU in the 21st century, the EU's institutional reform and the economic prospects of an enlarged EU. 

The first part of Tuesday's discussion, directed by the union's secretary Jules Merit, was attended by Greece, Hungary, Romania and the Netherlands. 

Alternate Foreign Minister Tassos Yiannitsis, one of the speakers on the part of Greece, underlined the importance of enlargement, the EU constitution in the making and the EU's defence doctrine under consideration, which was presented for the first time to EU leaders at the EU Thessaloniki summit last week, adding that for the first time during a single presidency considerable progress was achieved in such different sectors. 

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