Reforming the EU
To tackle major political challenges ahead, improve the EU’s capacity to act, restore citizens’ trust and make the euro zone economy more resilient to outside shocks, the EU needs first to make full use of the Lisbon Treaty and then possibly reform to enable itself to do even more. This is the key message of three resolutions exploring the future development of the European Union to be voted on Thursday.
The first resolution, drafted by Mercedes Bresso (S&D, IT) and Elmar Brok (EPP, DE) focuses on making the most of the existing Lisbon Treaty. It points to the advantages of the Union’s working methods over intergovernmental ones and suggests that the European Council (heads of state or government) should stick to its role of defining general political priorities and leave law making to the Council of Ministers and European Parliament.
The second, by Guy Verhofstadt (ALDE, BE), notes that various crises have demonstrated the current EU’s tendency not to respond effectively and quickly enough. It analyses the possibility of moving further than the current toolbox allows, by undertaking an in-depth reform of the Lisbon Treaty.
The third, by Reimer Böge (EPP, DE) and Pervenche Berès (S&D, FR) addresses the lack of convergence, political cooperation and policy “ownership” in the euro area. It proposes a convergence strategy to be focused on labour markets, investment, productivity and social cohesion and a specific euro area budget capacity for this purpose financed by its member states.
All these proposals are part of a package that aims to clarify Parliament’s position on the future of the EU, in time for the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.
Procedure: non-legislative resolutions
Debate: Tuesday, 14 February
Vote: Thursday, 16 February