In an interview with the newspaper Ouest France published on 13 July 2017, the President of the French Republic acknowledges that current European Union Treaties need to be changed “because this Europe is incomplete. The point is not whether treaty change will be necessary, but when and how”.
During the interview, he outlines his vision of the future of Europe.
To strengthen the Eurozone, President Emmanuel Macron proposes “a budget, a government that determines the allocation of that budget and a democratic control which currently does not exist”. On building a genuine European Defence, President Emmanuel Macron reaffirms his will to make progress, particularly “as regards expenditure, capabilities and external missions”.
The Union of European Federalists welcomes his proposals, which are in line with resolutions the European Parliament recently adopted.
Elmar Brok, President of the Union of European Federalists and Member of the European Parliament stated: “It is crucial for France and Germany to take the initiative and lead the Union out of its current impasse, putting forward joint ambitious proposals on the EU reform, particularly on the Eurozone and on European Defence. After the German elections, measures to strengthen the Economic and Monetary Union should be implemented urgently and then a roadmap for changing the Treaties should be discussed. This process can’t be limited to Member States, it requires a dialogue with the European Parliament and the European Commission and public debates in Member States”.
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