Appeal for unity
By Sarah Collins | Wednesday 27 June 2012
The leaders of the European Commission and Parliament have appealed to EU leaders to act swiftly to resolve the debt crisis and have pledged to work hand in hand to fast-track key proposals, including those on a banking and fiscal union. Commission President José Manuel Barroso urged the Council to sign an “interinstitutional agreement” on decision making to reinforce confidence in the EU. “It’s important that this European Council rules out any doubt about the irreversibility of the euro,” Barroso said after a meeting with European Parliament President Martin Schulz, on 27 June. “At the G20 summit the message I heard time and again was [...] please press ahead with integration, please show that you want to live together and that you’re capable of guaranteeing a single currency,” he said. EU and German officials have tried to dampen hopes ahead of the key 28-29 June summit, but Barroso said it was essential to define an “orientation” for the future. “It’s in the fundamental interests of Germany as the biggest economy of Europe and of the euro area to have an agreement on points that Germany has been rightly insisting - the need for discipline, the need to pursue structural reforms, the need for convergence, the need also to accept some commitments in terms of political integration,” he said.