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Ideas kicking around in a reflection group of select EU foreign ministers include merging the roles of the EU Council and European Commission presidents.
A senior EU source told this website following a meeting of the club in the Val Duchesse stately home in Brussels on Thursday (19 April) that the new supremo would have more power than either Herman Van Rompuy or Jose Manuel Barroso do today but also more "democratic legitimacy" because he or she would be elected by MEPs.
In other reforms, the new figure would "streamline" the European Commission into a two-tier structure.
Every EU country would still have its own commissioner with their own vote in the college of 27 top officials. But as in some national set-ups, some commissioners would have more than one dossier while others would be the equivalent of ministers without portfolio.
The new super-president would also chair General Affairs Councils (GACs) - monthly meetings of foreign ministers which discuss internal Union affairs.
The Val Duchesse event also covered debate on "eurobonds" - the idea of mutualising EU government debt a controversial one in Germany, where voters are hostile to paying more to borrow money so that weaker economies in the south can pay less.
"It could be acceptable for new projects but not to guarantee bad ones from the past, or old bad debt," the EU source said.
European ministers consider a super-president of the European Union. This top would soon by the European Parliament should be chosen so that the function of a democratic face.
EUobserver reported that the European news Friday. The site refers to the deliberations series of ten EU foreign ministers, including Uri Rosenthal. The most recent consultation was on Thursday in Brussels. The super president would the Presidency of the European summits of national leaders and the Presidency of the European Commission must unite.
On the initiative of the German minister Guido Westerwelle brainstorm ten since March on the future of the European Union. According to the Austrian Foreign Minister Michael SPINDELEGGER want the select group this fall with concrete proposals.
A select group of European topministers during a meeting in Val Duchesse exchanged ideas about the fusion of the role of Chairman of the Council of Europe (Herman Van Rompuy) and present chairman of the European Commission (Jose Manuel Barroso). This new super president would have more power than the two presidents today, but would also have greater legitimacy because he would be elected directly by the European parliament.
The new super president would be the monthly General Affairs Councils (GACS) chair, which the Foreign Ministers of the internals of the EU to discuss.
According to EU Observer is an amalgamation of both roles no adaptation to the Lisbon Treaty is needed.
The introduction of euro bonds was discussed at Val Duchesse. Such an introduction would be an acceptable structure for the future, but not for past debts, said an EU source.
Originally posted by surrealist
People would of been concerned this could lead toward world government in years gone by, but we've been well conditioned over the years and probably fatigued to the point of 'who cares anymore'.
The Val Duchesse event also covered debate on "eurobonds" - the idea of mutualising EU government debt, a controversial one in Germany, where voters are hostile to paying more to borrow money so that weaker economies in the south can pay less.