Europe at several speeds, European political community: “Strasbourg oath” of Emmanuel Macron

During the closing ceremony of the Conference on the future of Europe, in Strasbourg, the French president spoke of a reform of the treaties and a generalization of the qualified majority vote.


There was the Sorbonne speech, when, on September 26, 2017, Emmanuel Macron delivered his vision to “refound” a Europe that successive – financial, migratory and Brexit – crises – had weakened. There is now “the Strasbourg oath”, as himself baptized on Monday, May 9, the French president just re -elected. While he was expressed during the closing ceremony of the Conference on the future of Europe which was held in the Alsatian enclosures of the Community Parliament, Emmanuel Macron promised to help build a “sovereign, united, united, democratic and ambitious “.

From an oath to an oath, the crises followed one another – the Pandemic of the COVID -19 and now the war in Ukraine – but the Europe that Emmanuel Macron calls for his wishes has not varied. Where, five years ago, he had above all proposed all -out initiatives, from defense to economy, taxation and education, to get it out of “glaciation” and “make it to the people”, in This feast day of Europe, he made institutional subjects the heart of his intervention. And drawn the contours of a Europe which could be “more effective”, “more independent”, more inclusive also with its neighbors, without it being necessary to modify the treaties.

Born from an idea of ​​the French president, the Conference on the future of Europe had started a year ago. Eight hundred European citizens, from the four corners of the continent, had then been drawn to participate in the exercise, alongside elected officials and representatives of civil society. In the end, these delegates retained 325 measures to meet 49 objectives and to build a more democratic and more active European Union (EU) in climate transition, health, social, but also taxation or foreign policy.

exceed “unanimous voting”

They thus propose to “orient subsidies to organic farming”, to “establish common minimum standards [in the twenty-seven] in terms of care”, to “vote in the European elections from 16 years”, Or to put an end to the rule of unanimity and give a “right of initiative” to the European Parliament which today is not authorized to propose a law. On Monday, they submitted their report to Roberta Metsola, the president of the European Parliament, Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission and Emmanuel Macron, who presides until the end of June the EU Council.

You have 66.4% of this article to read. The continuation is reserved for subscribers.

/Media reports.