[Nieuwsbank] Commission position on President Sarkozy's letter on Amendment 138
MEMO/08/607 Brussels, 7 October 2008 Commission position on President Sarkozy's letter on Amendment 138 adopted by the European Parliament in plenary vote on 24 September The Commission takes note of the letter received by President Sarkozy last Friday asking the Commission to reject Amendment 138 adopted by the plenary of the European Parliament on 24 September in its vote on the EU Telecoms Package.
This version of the amendment was adopted by the European Parliament in an open vote with a large majority of 573 votes in favour and 74 votes against. The European Commission respects this democratic decision of the European Parliament. In the Commission's view, this amendment is an important restatement of key legal principles inherent in the legal order of the European Union, especially of citizens' fundamental rights.