This site uses cookies. By accepting cookies you can optimise your browsing experience. Read more.
Belgium: EP's Schulz expresses ‘concerns’ over Cameron’s reform proposals01:59

Belgium: EP's Schulz expresses ‘concerns’ over Cameron’s reform proposals

Belgium, Brussels
February 16, 2016 at 11:38 GMT +00:00 · Published

President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz announced that there were some "concerns" over UK Prime Minister David Cameron's reform pledges after the pair met for talks in Brussels on Tuesday. Cameron is in Brussels ahead of a two-day summit meeting in the Belgian capital on Thursday, where he will attempt to convince European parliamentary group leaders not to veto his reform pledge over Britain's place in the EU.

Discussing the UK deal, Schulz said that "we are concerned about some points" and wish to "clarify" these elements today in further discussions with MEPs from the European Parliament.

"The European Parliament insists that whatever happens has to be within the frame of the treaty and no treaty changes for the time being are possible," he added. However, Schulz went on to highlight that the meeting with the PM had been “very constructive," adding that “it was a real open exchange and it lasted much longer than expected."

On Monday, the British leader met with French President Francois Hollande in Paris in a last-minute effort to secure his support for the UK's reforms; and last Friday he met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Hamburg who expressed support for his proposal.

Belgium: EP's Schulz expresses ‘concerns’ over Cameron’s reform proposals01:59
Pool for subscribers only
No Account? Sign up!
Top downloads in last 24 hours
Show more
Description

President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz announced that there were some "concerns" over UK Prime Minister David Cameron's reform pledges after the pair met for talks in Brussels on Tuesday. Cameron is in Brussels ahead of a two-day summit meeting in the Belgian capital on Thursday, where he will attempt to convince European parliamentary group leaders not to veto his reform pledge over Britain's place in the EU.

Discussing the UK deal, Schulz said that "we are concerned about some points" and wish to "clarify" these elements today in further discussions with MEPs from the European Parliament.

"The European Parliament insists that whatever happens has to be within the frame of the treaty and no treaty changes for the time being are possible," he added. However, Schulz went on to highlight that the meeting with the PM had been “very constructive," adding that “it was a real open exchange and it lasted much longer than expected."

On Monday, the British leader met with French President Francois Hollande in Paris in a last-minute effort to secure his support for the UK's reforms; and last Friday he met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Hamburg who expressed support for his proposal.