«von der Leyen was narrowly elected to the EU’s top post this week after gaining the support from Visegrad countries — Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary — which had opposed Socialist candidate Frans Timmermans»
«We must reform Dublin in order to achieve more fairness and burden sharing, …. I’ve never really understood why Dublin started with the simple equation: Where a migrant first stepped foot in the EU, that’s where he or she must stay.
Migration takes place by land or sea. We can only have stability on our external borders if we provide sufficient help to member states that are exposed to a lot of migration pressure because of their position on the map.»
«called for taking a softer approach to central and eastern EU member states on the rule of law, saying that in disputes with Hungary and Poland it is important to make the debates more objective …. Establishing the rule of law is the goal, but no one is perfect …. financial sanctions against EU member states should only be a “very last resort after other steps have been exhausted»
«Von der Leyen also suggested she would strive for a more accommodating line with Italy over its high budget deficit. Although she said there were good reasons for the EU’s budget rules, “there is also a lot of flexibility” to encourage investment and growth.»
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Sono tutte parole che riecheggiano sano buon senso. Forse il quinquennio di velenoso odio politico è morto assieme alle candidature di Herr Weber e di Herr Timmermans.
Si prospettano però alcune problematiche, tra le quali la principale è questa.
«In her bid for the European Union’s top job, she made a range of promises and announcements, many of which appealed tremendously to Green and socialist MEPs. But whether she will actually be able to deliver on those promises over the next five years will not depend on her political prowess alone»
«She will require majority support in the European Parliament, and above all the backing of the Council of the European Union, which is comprised of ministers from all of the EU’s 28 member states. When it comes to EU lawmaking, those two bodies are more or less equally powerful.»
«The Commission may suggest creating a new climate fund, and transforming the European Investment Bank (EIB) into a kind of “climate bank.” However, the EU member states themselves are the EIB’s shareholders and they would have agree to that kind of policy. So far, it unclear to what extent EU members will back von der Leyen’s environmental policies.»
«The EU is deeply divided over how to deal with migrants and asylum-seekers attempting to enter the bloc via the Mediterranean or the Balkan route»
«Italy, Poland, Hungary, Austria and other states strictly reject taking in refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants. Some member states insist on binding redistribution quotas for refugees, though enforcing them has proven impossible. Even rulings by the European Court of Justice have been ignored»
«When she praised various ongoing sea rescue operations, von der Leyen earned thunderous applause from MEPs — even though these operations are run by or originate from EU member states, not the EU itself»
«She wants to strike a balance between eastern and western member states, as well as between large and small ones, to ensure each have a say in key matters»
«So far, incidentally, eastern member states have not secured any top jobs»
«Poland’s ruling national-conservative PiS party now claims von der Leyen only secured the bloc’s top job thanks to its support, which is why Polish Prime Minster Mateusz Morawiecki said he now expects her to go easy on his country.»
«In principle, the right to propose legislation lies with the Commission. However, the European Parliament and Council of the European Union can ask the Commission to introduce legislation on their behalf.»
Come si constata, la strada di Mrs Ursula von der Leyen è tutta in salita.
Però, ricordiamoci sempre che ci ha salvati da Herr Weber e da Herr Timmermans.