At its meeting today in Strasbourg, the EP´s Conference of Presidents nominated the team of EP negotiators to participate in the discussions on the so-called "Van Rompuy Paper" on European Monetary Union (EMU).
In the negotiations amongst the EU institutions, the EP will be represented by 3+1 political groups. This includes the European People's Party, the Socialists & Democrats, the Liberals and also the Greens with a substitute.
For the S&D Group, Italian MEP Roberto Gualtieri will lead the negotiations. He will work together with Elmar Brok from the EPP, Guy Verhofstadt from ALDE and Daniel Cohn-Bendit as the substitute for the Greens. Roberto Gualtieri has already been chief negotiator for the S&D Group on the Fiscal Pact.
Commenting on the upcoming negotiations, Roberto Gualtieri said:
"We have to reverse the shift towards an intergovernmental form of policy-making. It is crucial to build any future governance on the Community method.
"The future European Monetary Union requires a stronger democratic legitimacy and an enhanced role for the European Parliament".
Hannes Swoboda, S&D Group President, added:
"We must overcome the crisis and change the austerity-driven neoliberal approach we face today. We will not stop fighting against increasing poverty, the widening gap between rich and poor, and the ever-increasing unemployment rates. We call for a clear commitment to social cohesion by introducing a dedicated chapter on social issues in the Van Rompuy report and a pact for social cohesion within the treaties".
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