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    MOSCOW, April 23 (RIA Novosti) - An agreement on the constitution of the European Union can be achieved by mid-June, 2004. President of the European Commission Romano Prodi gave this forecast in his lecture in Moscow on the occasion of the coming EU expansion.

    If the European Union wants to function efficiently after its expansion, its organizational structure should be reformed without delay. The EU should not only expand but also deepen, Romano Prodi said. At the meeting of the European leaders in Brussels last month, the process of achieving accords on adopting the EU constitution progressed, and now I hope that such an agreement can be achieved by the mid-June, Romano Prodi pointed out.

    He underscored that the draft constitution provides for a post of EU Foreign Minister with the support of the common European foreign policy service.

    If the constitution is adopted, theses changes will make EU foreign policy more stable and predictable, the president of the European Commission stressed.

    He reminded the audience that up to now the member-countries not always act successfully in coordinating their foreign political positions.

    "The fact often complicates EU relations with its strategic partners, such as Russia and the United States," Romano Prodi said.

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