For the first time in the history of the EU, voters will have say in who will be the next Commission President. That is why Guy Verhofstadt presented his plan for Europe yesterday.
"We need to take a leap in European integration. This does not mean we have to create a European super state. On the contrary. We need to use European integration where it has a clear added value. We need to exploit more the economies of scale that the EU can offer."
Verhofstadt referred to the start of the Common Market: "It delivered growth and prosperity for all Europeans. But today, in a lot of future-oriented sectors, we still have 28 separate markets.
In digital services for example, where national rules and regulations block progress and growth. Recently Neelie Kroes told me about a young ‘app’-developer . He needs a small army of lawyers to help him sell his apps in other European countries. That is completely ridiculous. We need to fix this.
But also in energy or financial services we need to take a European leap forward. So that we can grow again, create jobs and stimulate innovation. Let us take a look at how the US does it: with less regulation and more common policies. That is the kind of EU we have to pursue.”
The slides and text of the plan can be found here.
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