The conference on the future of Europe, which was to describe the new direction of community development, has just ended. His conclusions were commented on by prof. Grosse.
– We have more or less an annual process of policy consultation in the EU behind us. The main point was to mobilize as many citizens as possible in the so-called civil society, think tanks, institutions that would be involved in designing the future of the EU – describes the expert.
The professor pointed out that during many debates there were also critical voices regarding the proposed changes that “weaken his democratic and political mandate”.
– All the more so as the normal procedure for treaty amendments rests with the Member States. And every country has the right to veto, the right to block change, especially those that it considers unfavorable to itself, to its own democracy and to its constituents – reminds the Europeanist.
Strengthen the strongest
Prof. Grosse also noted that “there have been attempts to organize a public consultation process on top of opponents, which would in fact legitimize certain ideas that have been talked about in the EU for at least a few years or more.”
– These ideas are largely aimed at centralizing power in Brussels, transferring more powers to member states, and thus taking them away from national political communities, national democracies and transferring them to EU institutions – explains the professor.
– This process is also called the creation of a federation in Europe, but a specific one, because it is smaller and less democratic, and above all, it respects the weaker and less influential voices of national democracy in the EU. . Instead, he left those influences, especially informal ones – but also to some extent officially – for larger member states, he added.
The most important change proposed is the proposal to abolish unanimous voting and replace it with majority voting. As noted by prof. Grosse, such a change would de facto strengthen the major EU countries, meaning France and Germany, “which would be more harsh in such a procedure”.
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