The head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday, September 13, spoke at the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg with an ambitious program of reforms. Among them – the expansion of the Euro area and the accession to the Schengen agreement of all the countries in the EU. Juncker also called for greater cooperation with Libya, but in the foreseeable future accession of Turkey to the European Union policies excluded.
photo: Gennady Cherkasov
The current European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, in his keynote speech to Parliament touched on all the “sore spots” of the EU: the migration crisis, the Euro, the internal contradictions of individual countries. Juncker announced that it will be the most important speech during his tenure as President (a post he won in 2014). And even if not all of the proposed Juncker ideas will be implemented in practice, the impetus to the beginning of the debate about the need for reform in the EU is devoted to.
In particular, Juncker urged member countries of the EU to join the Schengen area with the abolition of border controls, in order to strengthen the external borders of the Union and make the Euro the main currency on the territory of these States. According to the politician, the EU should continue to grow: by 2025, it must contain 30 members. The idea of creating a separate budget for the Eurozone, which now includes 19 countries, the President is not supported.
The presentation of these proposals demanded that Juncker extreme caution ahead of parliamentary elections in Germany, scheduled for September 24. The enlargement of the Eurozone would mean that it will also include Hungary and Poland, in Germany’s view “violate the core values of the EU”, refusing to accept refugees. In addition, the Euro will be the main currency in poor countries, such as Romania or Bulgaria. In the German newspaper Die Welt idea Juncker was named “absurd”. Himself the Luxembourg politician has explained their proposals as follows: “On the European continent should be ruled by unity and not division”.
Juncker also expressed his opinion about the relationship with Turkey: “In the negotiations the main thing – the rule of law”, – said the politician. “This eliminates Turkey’s membership in the EU in the foreseeable future,” he said, implying that Ankara does not fulfill the requirements of Brussels in the legal field.
In a speech also addressed the issue of illegal migration of refugees. “Whatever anyone says, Europe is not a “fortress,” – said Juncker, making reference to the popular cliché, which is usually resorted journalists who criticized the migration policy of the EU. According to Juncker, the end of the month the Commission should build its policy towards migrants, which asylum was denied and resolve the issue on their return home.
Juncker’s speech in Strasbourg, was awaited with impatience, because after the adoption by Britain of the decision to withdraw from the EU, the President talked about the need for reform within the organization.