Emmanuel Macron has outlined his vision of a new progressive Europe underpinned by closer national cooperation across a wide range of sectors.
In his first major speech since spectacularly assuming office he painted a detailed picture of a European future with greater political and practical integration and a security and foreign policy shake-up.
Although he didn’t mention Brexit, his speech is clearly aimed at laying the groundwork for a new Europe after Britain withdraws.
Here are the main areas he addressed:
1 Security and Defence
- Create a EU common strategic culture
- Develop exchanges of EU soldiers at every level which include intelligence agencies
- Create a common force by 2020 with a single budget, HQ and doctrine
- Create an intelligence services academy
- Reinforce an EU prosecution service.
- Create a civilian protection against natural catastrophes.
2 Border control
- An efficient asylum policies with responsible expulsion orders
- Create an EU office for Asylum
- Elaborate a program to integrate and train refugees based on the German model.
3 EU foreign policy
- Africa is key
- A better development support from the EU
- Use the FTT to build a African development fund.
- Find a fair price on carbon
- Create contracts for territories to support ecological transition
- Achieve an EU single energy market
- Create a border tax on carbon.
- Elaborate an EU industrial strategy
- A new CAP is required
- Elaborate a new agricultural policy for EU with a focus on food safety
- End the dual standard
- Create a digital innovation agency
- Reinforce data protection and IA R&D
- A taxation for enterprises that create values in Europe even if they are not EU based
- A better copyright protection
7 Taxation/Monetary affairs
- A common budget for the Eurogroup partially financed by FTT and tax on digital giants and corporate tax
- Speed up an harmonised corporate tax
- Achieve a social convergence in terms of salary and aim to a minimum salary in Europe
- Develop exchange programs from secondary education with a comparable diploma equivalence like the bologna process.
- An education roadmap needs to be done.
9 Institutional affairs
- Use the vacant place of British MEPs for a transnational list of MEPs which would lead to a real “Spitzenkandidat” system by 2019
- A better transparency for trade negotiation process and create a European Prosecutor in charge of enforcing trade deal.
- A reduced EU Commission of 15 members.
10 Franco/German friendship
- A harmonised taxation system by 2024
- A new treaty of the Elysée the 22nd January 2018