Marek Siwiec MEP on Poland & Europe

B+ for Barroso

Jose Manuel Barroso is a great speaker indeed. Moreover, he is constantly maturing, just like old wine. Yesterday he did not bother with the usual courtesies and instead simply outlined the major dilemma EU is currently facing: together or separately?
President of the European Commission pointed out the hypocrisy of several countries (like Finland or Sweden) that accept the most inspiring initiatives related to consolidation against the crisis, but right outside the meeting rooms they would constantly brag about how troubled Europe is a huge obstacle to their development. Barroso stated bluntly: “We must leave no doubt about the integrity of the Union. The more vulnerable countries must leave no doubts about their […] sense of responsibility. But the stronger countries must leave no doubts about their willingness to stick together”.

The Financial Framework 2014-2020 will be a test on whether the richer countries are able to pay so that Europe can move on. He concluded bluntly: “The European budget is the instrument for investment”, not only payment. Barroso promised that under his guidance the Commission shall initiate all the legal changes serving better control and efficient spending.

And now let us get to the new treaty. The President of the European Commission believes that the old way of composing treaties did not work and I fully agree to that. He does rejects all the conventions, yearlong discussions and wrangling between the Member States, but the new reality requires a new treaty, so that eventually integrated finance and economy are given an appropriate supervision. Figuratively Barroso stated that the international banks must act in accordance with the international law. It is expected that the European Commission will present its proposals to the European Parliament by the end of its term so that the newly elected Parliament can begin to work on them in 2014.

An overall mark is B or even B+: so high because Barroso tended to speak like a true socialist, so low because he never happened to mention the concept of a social treaty.


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