Rhein on Energy and Climate

In an almost three hour long press conference May 16th, President Hollande has called for a Euro-zone government to overcome recession in the EU.

It should dispose of a separate budget and wide-ranging competence to harmonise taxes and economic and social policy, possess the capacity to issue debts and meet regularly under the authority of a specially designated president.

This proposal, which is part of an initiative for closer political integration to be formalised within the next two years, sounds bizarre.

  • According to past experience, the EU 28 will need at least eight years to accomplish a treaty revision. Whatever its substance, it will come too late to have an impact on the urgent challenge of combating excessive unemployment in the EU.

  • The 17 Euro-zone countries have already installed a framework for monetary and economic policy issues years ago. Their finance ministers meet at least once a month, in the presence of the ECB president and the Commissioner in charge of economic and fiscal policy. This arrangement functions satisfactorily.

  • The idea of a separate budget for the Euro-zone countries is old. Hollande has not offered new arguments to make it more acceptable to all member countries. It would not offer any visible value added, but only add to the complications of an already complex EU reality.

  • Tax harmonisation is proceeding at EU level, but at snake’s pace. There is no reason to believe that it would advance faster in the Euro-zone, as long as member countries insist on unanimity, firmly anchored in the Treaty.

  • Debt issuance within the Euro-zone, via so-called euro bonds, would encounter the same political difficulties as at EU level. The EIB serves as the most effective EU-wide instrument for issuing debt and lending for investments in infrastructure, energy, trans-European networks, and, more recently small business.

  • A “European Energy Community” is a “French baby” more than 20 old. The Lisbon Treaty, with its new article 194, provides for everything that Hollande calls for. Here as everywhere else, EU needs action instead of new institutional frameworks

In conclusion, Member states and EU institutions should ”take note” of the “proposals” made by President Hollande and implement what is on the table.

The focus must be on fighting unemployment. Any discussion on new institutional frameworks will only distract from that overriding concern.

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  1. No !

    We need an EU-Governement desesperately !

    We need a United States of Europe which initially was implemented on maastricht treaty!

    To fight our moron economy and rising jobless we need an again:democracially

    UNITED STATES OF EUROPE !!

  2. This is for an european really.

    Why do we need a United States of Europe? What will an even more remote layer of government do that our already remote national governments can’t? Unless of course by European government you mean someone, never defined openly but normally Germany, pays all the debts of everyone else! The EU has more countries receiving payments than contributing; these recipients always want more as they see it as a form of European solidarity and yet these same recipient countries refuse to adjust their own economies. The EU is seen by too many people as a big pot of cash and conveniently forget that he who pays the piper gets to choose the music!

  3. The war in Syria: NATO war against Islam
    Arayik Sargsyan, academician, Honorary Consul of Macedonia to Armenia.

    The NATO countries, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, especially faced with a choice: either accept that the attempt to impose a puppet regime in Syria finally failed, either, putting aside all the tricks of “soft power”, move to an open and costly military intervention.
    Problems with holding a conference on the Syrian settlement, as expected, emerged almost immediately after the Moscow agreement on this matter between Lavrov and John Kerry in just two days in Rome for a meeting with the Jordanian and Israeli ministers disavowed the U.S. Secretary of State himself, saying that Bashar al-Assad and his entourage can not be part of the transitional government. In response to the guidance secretary of state Kerri U.S. ambassador to Syria, Robert Frost, who left Damascus for a long time, secretly arrived in Turkey for a few hours in the area of Aleppo, where the meeting with opposition leaders urged them not to worry and assured full support to the bitter end. Thus, the prospect of a peaceful solution to the “beginning to fade, not having had time to blossom.” For the Americans, “suiting all” arrangement – this is when everyone is satisfied with what the Americans want. Ignored by the West, not only the official Damascus is a major political force in Syria, but also increases lead to confrontation with the enemy. The Syrian army rearmed, has accumulated the necessary combat experience, strengthened by volunteer professionals from Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and the beginning of a planned return lost earlier position. Although Damascus, for obvious reasons, denies involvement in military operations on its side of foreigners, many sources say that they are still there, and directs the commander of units of “Al-Quds” in the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Iranian general Qassam Suleimani … According to Arab media , this mission has laid on him the spiritual leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei. In addition, the Secretary General of “Hezbollah” Hassan Nasrallah also met a month ago, the spiritual leader of Iran and received his instruction to make every effort to fight the “rebels” in Syria. It is noted that the disposal of Nasrallah in Syria are at least 7,000 fighters.
    Until recently, Americans were inclined to establish an unmanned area and conduct of military intervention in Syria, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan during his recent visit to Washington, contrary to expectations, chose mainly to talk about the need to a peace conference.
    Experts believe that the U.S. and Israel in the preceding step made a strategic miscalculation in assessing the balance of power. They believed that Assad’s days are numbered, and need only a little effort to overthrow him. However, as a result of their alliance hated Tehran – Damascus – “Hezbollah” only strengthened, including with technical support from Russia, and is now winning over one position after another. Moreover, following the Israeli air attacks Assad’s potential not only weak, but there was a prospect of the transfer of military activity in the occupied Golan Heights.
    Rising in the West and in Israel pessimism about the prospects for a possible military victory of the Syrian opposition, analysts also explain the consistent and resolute stand of Russia “does not want to repeat the Libyan scenario.” Moscow to Damascus with the delivery of advanced anti-medium-range missiles, as well as the presence of “more than a dozen warships’ patrolling the Syrian coast, effectively” blocked sea supply route insurgents “and made extremely difficult foreign military intervention. It is no accident chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey named U.S. supply of Russian missiles to Syria “untimely” and “very bad” solution, as it would “give courage of President Bashar al-Assad.” But according to some sources, Russia might abandon the sale of its air defense systems S-300. This decision followed a meeting of the Russian Security Council Secretary to the President of the United States on May 22 2013goda. Is the price for Russian “surrender Gaddafi” is more preferable than the establishment of the rule of international law and justice.
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  7. VI should not worry too much about president Hollande’s proposals for an EU economic government. I am sure you remember his article published on EurActiv just before his election . He stated t on that occasion that he intends to promote an European version of the New Deal, starting in France first. Last week, however, he attended briefly the SPD congress in Germany and sang praises to Schroder ! He performed this amazing about face after only one year in power, which is quite a performance for any politician. Jumping on the deck of the Titanic when this is about to go under will not help him much unfortunately.

    From New Deal to No Deal, this is what is currently on offer politically for the hapless French people . In fact, nine of ten policies adopted so far by his government are carbon copies Sarkozy’s electoral program from the 2012 presidential election.

  8. @ Jose 2013/05/24 at 20:13:27
    Not True !

    “Germany pays all the depth” Not alone merely the good standing northern & western states ! And therefore southern states have high interests rates included with austerity!
    So ! What we need is depth-pooling and END strong austerity!
    In other words we need a Bondmarket too !
    If we apply this our bad economiy and jobless will be past and Europe will raise it’s economy again!
    Higher the depth interests to pay the worse the economy !
    The economic and montetary policies have to be taken on federal level ! It’s a rule !
    Therefore Francois Hollande calls for an EU-governements !
    And you’re right we need a stronger form of Solidarity ! Angela Merkel will have to apply a bondmarket if she wants really doing it to all europeans interests ! Otherwise she will be left alone with her form of “Governement” and that is not on her interest;-)
    So these are decisions of the 2 greatest eu-member states to share their sovereignity at federal level ! We are all equals we need all the most important Jobs with an adequate salary an a good economy !
    After pillars or ground-strukture (bank-union , fisal consolidation and so on ) are “achieved” there will be democratic european elections !
    I don’t “like” this Union but going blind backwards would be the greatest century disaaster and everybody knows it!
    what form ever federalism has it’s a very modern and strong political system to rise the economy and fight jobless! So the U.S.A. as an example!
    And i think Europe with it’s powerfull member-states such as France and Germany deserves one too 😉

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