Firstly I would like to welcome the USSR back to the European Council.
The current voting system allows for just two days of debate, two more days of amendments and then three days of voting. Judging by the lack of activity that has blighted us for a long period, this is a completely inadequate timeframe for a functioning system. It would be quite facile for a small group of extreme nations to push through their designs in such a small period of voting time for wont of lack of activity from moderate states.
It is my opinion that debate time be extended to four days, amendments time be extended to three days, and voting to last an entire week. That way we can attain enough votes to make the European Council function once more.
The Rt. Hon. Helen Smith EC,
Commissioner for Foreign Affairs.
OOC: I agree that we need to increase emphasis on the OOC side of the forums to see us more active again. The Chamber of Loose Lips has been more a Quiet Zone for at least the time that I've been active (which is just over a year), and that has to change if we are to attract more activity. Also I do not think we should split from NS. NS remains our sole feeder of active 'nations' and if we split from it then we would have much less chance of gaining activity than if we remain tied to it.
_The Council, unusually busy as-of-late, had a buzz as the new Aesop Rockian SC representative came before them. _
**We believe this has enough support to pass, but we also wish to ensure the region learns the lessons of the last few months. It is true that the suggestions made by Members of this House to re-structure our region have given us, once again, a basis for the system we wish to achieve, I must thank them for that. I also believe that the Security Council were sensible in attempting to bring about a greater amount of activity to the region and whilst we, and I include myself in that, did not manage to achieve our goals, we had the correct intentions - not for one second do I believe my colleagues or I wanted an iota of power for ourselves; we wanted to make a difference. But my, indeed our, true thanks must go to each and every representative who has been around recently, because it is with each of us here today that we can re-build.
To begin this closer, more bonded, European Union, I wish to extend Aesop Rocks arm in friendship to the Soviet Union. It is true, our nations have never been the closest of allies but I believe the only way we are going to continue as an active, growing and unified region is if we can learn to govern our region co-operatively, for it is co-operation which unifies us. Aesop Rocks feels that if the Soviet Union, Aesop Rocks, Triera and Belarum can forget the differences of the past, indeed of the present, for the better of our region, we can collectively work together in a progressive manner. Economic, political differences at home should not stop us from helping the Union. I also believe strongly that the legislation presented by the Duxburian Union is a move forward for our us - an understanding of what makes a truly strong region. To the Nungeenan representative, I hope you can continue playing a role in the goings on here in the Council - you are a strong voice.
I would also like to address a problem which I believe has plagued our region for a long time. We must make it an absolute priority to form the institutions which we are lacking. We must ensure that once a structure has been decided upon, we create a European Defense Force, a realistic and reasonable budget - only a handful of nations fund this region - and do those other things we have always agreed are necessary. To do this, I do not believe a complete laissez-faire structure will suffice. I believe strongly that the region should understand there needs to be some form of structure but I also believe strongly the pyramided structure of power is wrong for us. I suggest that alongside only a single figurehead Council President, we agree among ourselves - at least for as long as it takes to create these institutions and organisations - Committees of willing, capable and active Representatives who hold no power but who do deal with a certain issue. They would of course, only create this legislation and the likes - the Council would still vote upon it as a whole.
I thank you for listening to me today. I hope you will agree that the happenings in the last week could be of great use to us.**
[i]As Charles sits down, he crosses his wrists on the desk in front of him. The podium at which he spoke lays in the middle of this vast hall and finally, he had been the Guest of Honor. A slight smile plays across his grey lips, although his eyes, darkly ringed, betray its intent. The way an angel may reflect the light of the sun, his reflect only darkness, as though those eyes have seen too much.[./I]
With the first round of amendments and voting finished on our new Constitution, I hope that we can begin a Second Reading to ensure any problems are flattened out now.
How did this work???
I am certain the representative for the USSR would care to know that the representative for Derbyshire and Fife is a descendent of the Romanovs. Pleasant dreams.