Interview given by Bernard Cazeneuve, Minister Delegate for European Affairs, to “LCI” (excerpts - September 5, 2012)
THE MINISTER – This text is one stage destined to be followed by others. We’re resolved to steer EU policy in a new direction. We’ve got some first results with the growth plan, banking system stabilization – which entails the completion of banking union –, monetary and financial solidarity with new intervention conditions for the European Stability Mechanism and European Financial Stability Facility instruments. (…)
We inherited a text we weren’t in favour of and which a very large number of countries had adopted. It was to be implemented as soon as 12 countries approved it and in the areas where it was approved. So it was no longer negotiable, and we wouldn’t have benefited from a number of the text’s provisions, which might have been necessary at some point. So there were two ways of renegotiating the treaty: renegotiate the text itself or renegotiate the whole of European policy, so that the text is implemented in a context allowing policies conducted by the EU to be radically different.
This is the pragmatic path we’ve chosen, because what’s important for us is to steer EU policy in a radically new direction, to do so in order for there to be growth, banking stability, financial and monetary solidarity…
R : So the public accounts must be put back in order, and we also need growth. Our goal today is to put the public accounts back in order; we’ve undertaken actions for growth that call for other actions in terms of industrial policy and in terms of protecting Europe, with the introduction of measures enabling us to have the highest possible fiscal and environmental standards…
R : And competitiveness. And we also need financial and monetary solidarity. We want to create the conditions for this growth – that’s our struggle – and we think that if we manage to, we’ll enter a more harmonious circle.
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