April 7, 2008
My idea for Europe is simple. The EU should keep up the good work.
If the pre-Lisbon time in EU affairs was almost solely about solving the EU’s institutional problems, then the post-Lisbon period should be about getting on with the business of running the integration process. This idea runs counter-intuitive to the history of the EU because its history is full of profound ideas and changes. Nothing is wrong with this (we wouldn’t have the Union that we do if not for its visionaries). However, the citizens who voted against the Constitutional Treaty were more concerned with every day issues and concerns than they were about reversing the process of integration.
So, moving forward, the EU after Lisbon should get down to the hard business of making the EU work instead of figuring out the next big idea and selling it to the voters. They’re sold on the idea of integration. What they are not sold on is the Union functioning in the interests of the average person. By making the Union work more effectively and efficiently, the EU will garner more support than was evidenced during the ratification of the Constitution.
The EU has achieved incredible progress in the last 50 years. It also achieves real progress everyday in the lives of its citizens. Another big idea will come along someday, but for the moment, keep up the good work!Author : EMI