Macron proposes ‘European political community’
Paris : French President Emmanuel Macron believes that a “European political community” should be created that would be broader than the European Union (EU) and would include countries that are not members of the 27-member bloc.
He outlined his approach in a speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Monday, reports Xinhua news agency.
“How should we organize Europe politically?” He asked.
“And how can we go beyond the EU? It is now our historical obligation to answer that question.”
He said the ultimate goal is to maintain stability on the continent. “Relying only on the EU is not enough.”
“Given its level of integration and ambition,” the EU cannot be Europe’s sole organizing body, the French leader said.
This new organization will allow democratic European countries to “find a new place of political cooperation” in the areas of security, energy, transport, infrastructure investment and freedom of movement.
Macron said that becoming a member state of the EU is a long process, which takes years if not decades, because the membership criteria of the bloc are very strict.
His offer comes as Ukraine, which is currently in conflict with Russia, is seeking EU support and admitted as a candidate country to enter the union.
These proposals include climate change and the environment; a strong economy, social justice and employment; European Union in the world; values and rights, rule of law, security; digital transformation; travel; and education, culture, youth and sports.