Lawmakers leave for EU study trip

Members of the House of Representatives’ constitutional research commission left Sunday for Europe to study constitutional issues in the European Union.

The lawmakers plan to visit Sweden, Finland, Belgium and France during a 13-day trip to examine the historical background of the establishment of the European Union and why the union has compiled its own constitution.

The lawmakers, from both the ruling and opposition parties, will stop first in Sweden, where they are scheduled to exchange views over constitutional and social security issues with Justice Minister Thomas Bodstrom.

The Lower House Research Commission on the Constitution was created in January 2000.