Daul: “I’ve had it now”
By Gaspard Sebag in Strasbourg | Tuesday 12 June 2012
To ensure that the president of the European Parliament participates in all EU summits, EPP leader Joseph Daul (France) told the press, on 12 June, that he is ready to use “force” if necessary to ensure this happens. “I will become a trade union activist once again and I know how to organise demonstrations even, if necessary, at the [European] Council,” he added.
Daul “does not tolerate” that the President of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, be invited to take part in the discussion of EU leaders, while the elected EP president is kept away. “I’ve had it now,” added the fed-up EPP chair.
Europolitics what he had in stock, Daul responded that “as a former union activist we never used to reveal our plans ahead of time”. An EPP source confirmed that something is being prepared for the 28-29 June European Council.
This aggressive stance taken by Daul will certainly please the European Parliament president. In his opening speech, when taking office in January, Martin Schultz called for his institution to “have a seat at the table at European summits”. His demand remains unchanged. When the future of the EU is prepared it would be wise to have all EU institutions represented, his spokesperson told
Back in January, several diplomats had said ‘no way’. Nothing has changed, believes one diplomat.