Doc. 9787

10 April 2003

The concept of “nation”

Motion for an order

presented by Mr Jurgens and others

This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and commits only the members who have signed it

The Parliamentary Assembly,

Considering that the concepts of "nation" and "people", and that of "national minority" can have different meanings and consequences in the European political and legal tradition, instructs the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights to prepare a report on the use of such concepts and terms in constitutional and legislative texts, and the relation of such terms to the definition of citizenship of cultural, linguistic or ethnic minorities in kin-states.

Signed 1:

Jurgens, Netherlands, SOC

Ahlqvist, Sweden, SOC

Auken, Denmark, UEL

Budin, Italy, SOC

Clerfayt, Belgium, LDR

Hakl, Austria, PPE/CD

Kucheida, France, SOC

McNamara, United Kingdom, SOC

Pehrson, Sweden, LDR

Spindelegger, Austria, PPE/CD

Stankevic, Lithuania, LDR

Vanoost, Belgium, SOC

Wohlwend, Liechtenstein, EPP/CD


1        SOC: Socialist Group

      EPP/CD: Group of the European People’s Party

      EDG: European Democratic Group

      LDR : Liberal, Democratic and Reformers’ Group

      UEL: Group of the Unified European Left

      NR: not registered in a group