July 13, 2011
EU leaders are too focused on the short term of upcoming elections and lack a strategic vision to give new impetus to European integration and better connect with citizens, said Valéry Giscard d’Estaing in an interview with EurActiv.
Speaking on the margin of a conference on how to revitalise the European dream organised by French business school INSEAD and the European Executive Council (EEC), the former French president and chairman of the European Convention noted that European leaders are not following up on some of the goals enshrined in the EU Treaties.
What is needed is a real Congress of the People, in which European and national parliamentarians would come together to debate the state of the Union and address major challenges, said the French statesman.
It is high time to reconsider the lack of a European public space and bring the EU closer to its citizens, added Giscard, referring to growing fatigue with the European Union.
Read the full interview on EurActiv.com
Author : Dominique Ostyn