60 Ideas for Europe

Bring forward to 2009 the reduction in the number of Commissioners. As long as a number of Commissioners is the same as the number of Member States, the inevitable interpretation is that each Commissioner is the representative of his/her particular Member State. In addition, since the new system adopts a more democratic process for electing the President of the Commission, he/she must have the freedom to work with a team which is not over-dimensioned. Our position is that the number of Commissioners should never exceed 2/3 the number of Member States. We maintain this position both for the foregoing reasons and to forestall the possibility that the Commission becomes truly enormous in the case of future enlargements.
As, according to this proposal, the number of Commissioners will be considerably less than the number of Member States, the MM.SS will have to propose more than one Commissioner so that the President can designate those whom he/she deems fit. The definitive confirmation will be made by the EU Parliament.
It goes without saying that the President “in pectore” will be able to appoint more than one Commissioner from the same MM.SS. The determining factor for appointing Commissioners must be individual merit and trustworthiness, and not the country of origin.

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  1. Excellente idée!
    Les motivations sont pertinentes et le diagnostic bien posé.
    J’ose une suggestion.
    a. L’Union se compose dans les faits de 4 sous-régions: l’Ouest du continent ( Benelux, France et RFA), le Nord ( U.K., Eire, états scandinaves et baltes), le bassin méditerranéen ( Espagne, Italie, Portugal, Grèce, Malte et Chypre) et PECO;
    b. Chaque sous-région mandate quatre commissaires, soit 16 au total;
    c. Deux d’entre sont issus des états ayant plus de vingt millions d’habitants dans chaque sous-région de l’Union; leur mandat est d’une durée indéterminée;
    d. les deux autres commissaires ( trois quand un seul état de la sous-région atteint les 20 millions d’habitants) sont les mandataires des autres états-membres dans chaque sous-région; leur mandat est de deux ans.

    Cette suggestion tient compte, à la fois, des grands contributeurs au budget de l’Union, des états fondateurs qui sont aussi la Mémoire del’Union et évite l’enlisement…

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