Nieuws-items bij J.M. (José) Barroso
17-06Joint press statement by President Herman Van Rompuy and President José Manuel Barroso after their meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the margins of the G8 Summit
17-06Toespraak Commissievoorzitter Barroso over belang van handel tussen en voor VS en EU (en)
15-06Barroso spreekt met paus over EU-problemen
15-06Speech by President Barroso at the acceptance of the FAO "Jacques Diouf Award" for food security
13-06Speech - Declarações do Presidente da Comissão Europeia, José Manuel Durão Barroso após encontro com o Presidente da República Portuguesa, Aníbal Cavaco Silva
12-06Speech by President Barroso on the preparations of the European Council of June 2013
11-06Toespraak Commissievoorzitter Barroso over bescherming cultuur (fr)
06-06Speech by President Barroso at the opening session of the Industrial policy conference
05-06Barroso en Reding bij Bilderberg-ontmoeting (en)
05-06Speech - Remarks by President Barroso to members of the European Union Leadership Dialogue with Australia
05-06Speech - Declaración del Presidente Barroso tras la reunión de la Comisión europea con el Gobierno español
04-06Verklaring Barroso na EU-Rusland-top (en)
02-06Speech - European Union and Kazakhstan: Forging a partnership for the 21st century
29-05Speech: Introductory remarks at the Award Ceremony of the European Social Innovation Competition, in memory of Diogo Vasconcelos
29-05Verklaring Commissievoorzitter Barroso over landenrapportages: meer daadkracht nodig (en)
29-05Commissievoorzitter Barroso feliciteert beoogd premier van Bulgarije Oresharski (en)
28-05Video viEUws.eu: Dalligate: Groenen in EP kritisch over rol Barroso in affaire voormalig eurocommissaris Dalli (en)
28-05Toespraak Commissievoorzitter Barroso over de rechtsstaat (en)
22-05Commissievoorzitter Barroso over ontmoeting Europese Raad (en)
21-05Barroso betuigt medeleven aan slachtoffers tornado Oklahoma (en)
Barroso to unveil 'political union' plan at EU summit - Hoofdinhoud
BRUSSELS - European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has said member states must agree to a big common budget, a future banking union and - ultimately - political union in order to save the EU.
His speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday (16 June) comes before an EU summit on 28 June.
Barroso, EU Council president Herman Van Rompuy, European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi and Jean-Claude Juncker - the head of the euro-using countries' club, the Eurogroup - are drafting a joint paper on how EU leaders can stop the crisis.
The text will be a political manifesto rather than a legal proposal, officials say.
"I will urge the European Council to take concrete commitments towards a fully developed economic and monetary union and a process that maps out the steps how to get there," Barroso told MEPs.
He said countries must agree here and now to generous EU spending in the 2013 to 2020 period.
He noted that 97 percent of public investment in Hungary and over 50 percent in Poland comes from EU funds. "What would the situation be in these countries without the contribution of the European budget?" he asked.
He also urged governments to "refine" the rules of the EU bail-out fund, the ESM, to make it easier to help struggling banks and to adopt last week's commission proposal for EU banks to set aside more rainy day capital.
He said the next step - which "might require [EU] treaty changes" - would be a "banking union."
The move would see EU-level bank supervision, a joint deposit guarantee fund and a new fund dedicated to bailing-out big banks which get into trouble.
Barroso's final step - fiscal and political union - would see EU countries issue joint bonds, co-ordinate tax policy and co-ordinate national spending on everything from healthcare to schools and social welfare.
He noted that some non-euro-using countries might want to stay out. But he added: "Our economic relations bind us all: euro area members and non-members alike, our futures are linked."
Leading MEPs said things should move more quickly.
Belgian liberal Guy Verhofstadt said the summit paper should be a legal proposal for creating a "federal union" and that commission budget plans should call for "own resources" - direct taxation of EU citizens by Brussels.
French centre-right deputy Joseph Daul said that - to increase democracy -the EU parliament president should take part in EU summits instead of leaving the room after making a speech.
Austrian centre-left MEP Johannes Swoboda held up a copy of the The Economist magazine with a picture of the EU as a sinking ship.
"Please can we start the engines now Mrs Merkel ... not in one or two years' time?" he asked, referring to the German Chancellor's step-by-step approach to the crisis.
British eurosceptic Nigel Farrage, a former investment banker, said the "euro Titanic" has "hit the ice-berg."
He noted that Rome is borrowing money from markets at almost seven percent in order to lend its €20 billion part of the Spanish rescue to Madrid at three percent. "We're actively driving Italy toward a bail-out," he said.
Barroso already floated his banking union idea in a speech in May and again in a Financial Times interview on Monday.
For her part, German Bundesbank vice-president Sabine Lautenschlaeger on Wednesday told the Financial Times Deutschland that the banking union is unthinkable without fiscal/political union at the same time.
"Whoever accepts liability also has to have a right to control [it]," she said.