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By Dan Luca

An intriguing recent post of the President of the European Commission on the State of the Union: Barroso stated that “Europe needs a new direction, it can not be based on old ideas – Europe needs new thinking. Let’s not be afraid of the words: we will need to move towards a federation of nation states”. The main idea is greater European integration. In addition it also covers the ‘banking union’, ‘fiscal union’ and the ‘political union’.

Interesting as well are the ideas presented by Commissioner Reding a few months ago: “We will maintain cultural and linguistic diversity, but we need a strong European government and a European Parliament with a different structure – possibly a bicameral one. Maybe it would be good to have a Parliament elected by referendum and a Chamber of Countries in which each state is represented equally. The European Head of Government would be directly elected by the people’s representatives. This would be the parliamentary democracy we need in Europe”.

Compared with the U.S. federal system, European leaders are chosen mostly “behind closed doors”. There should be a greater concern for what kind of leadership the EU needs? What kind of mechanism gets them elected? In a similar line of thought Barroso added: “We must recognize that debates take place primarily between the national parties, but we must enhance the role of European parties to strengthen pan-European debate”. A reaction from European Socialist leader Sergey Stanishev came quickly: “We wonder what Mr Barroso’s Party, the EPP, does in this respect? Only the Party of European Socialists has a real debate and a timetable for choosing the left candidate for the presidency of the European Commission”.

Brussels is a complicated environment and Romania does not do anything to make this picture clearer. I think that the Constitution will need to be amended, whether we want it or not, in order to solve all the problems of ambiguity with which we met during these years. For example, who participates in the European Council? Is European policy competence considered domestic or foreign policy? Only after the national Romanian elections in December 2012 and then 2013 is the best time to evoke a debate and to revise the Constitution.

To be honest, Romania lacks a management of the EU policies. Romania needs to ‘melt’ with what is happening in the EU, as there are certain values ??developed European philosophy to which Romania must comply.

European funds are closely linked to the performance of Romania in EU. For connecting the country to the EU we need about 5,000 Romanians in Brussels and 25,000 people in Romania actually involved in the Community Mechanism. It needs a new program, such as “Expert for a European Romania”. It is clear that time does not lead to solving the current systemic inertia that Romania has with the European Union. We must intervene quickly and deeply to correct the current trends.

Dan Luca, Casa Europei

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