Πέμπτη, 23 Μαρτίου 2017

"Multi-speed Europe" realistic scenario for EU: experts

"Multi-speed Europe" is the most realistic scenario for the European Union (EU) if the bloc wants to demonstrate the benefits of integration and thus regain citizens' trust in EU institutions, experts told Xinhua in the run-up to the 60th anniversary of the EU's founding treaty.


European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on March 1 unveiled a White Paper laying out five scenarios for the EU's remaining 27 member states after Britain leaves the bloc.

The third scenario "Those Who Want More Do More," envisaging a selection of willing member states doing more together in specific areas, is widely deemed as a route heading for a "multi-speed Europe," although the White Paper shirked naming it directly.

Leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Spain have voiced their support for "multi-speed Europe" earlier this month during an informal meeting in the Versaile. The idea is also backed by Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, or the so-called Benelux, a group of the EU's founding members.

However, some eastern member states fear "multi-speed Europe" could deepen divisions to their disadvantage.

The EU-27 leaders are due to meet on Saturday in Rome to mark the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome and hammer out a declaration on EU's future.
   [Xinhua/China]
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