- Sep 1, 2008
Not only does he oppose direct election of the Commission president, but also that of his own post. I wonder why...does he fear someone like Farage taking the position?
Yeah...heaven forefend that the EU ever has freedom-insuring stuff like separation of powers, at least to some degree. Forced consensus of the German agenda is paramount, isn't it?Directly electing the European Commission President at the 2014 EU elections would organise the disappointment in advance, said European Council President Herman Van Rompuy. Directly electing his own successor would be even more absurd, he added in comments that are likely to irritate proponents of increased democracy in the European institutions. ...
The European Council President spoke at a conference on the future of the European Union organised by the Belgian Foreign Ministry, the Bertelsmann Foundation and the King Baudouin Foundation. The forum was aimed at discussing the Final Report of the Future of Europe Group in a wider circle, which included EU affairs pundits, MEPs and civil society representatives. ...
I said it in New York: you give this man or this woman a huge legitimacy. But if you keep the same competence for the top job, you organise the disappointment in advance, Van Rompuy told the audience, where two of the ministers were sitting Germanys Guido Westerwelle and Belgiums Didier Reynders.
Van Rompuy said the whole effort was doomed to fail, unless the Commission itself would be given more powers vis-à-vis the member states. If this is not going hand in hand with large powers for the Commission, then forget it, he said.
Van Rompuy added that he had also heard that some mention the direct election of the President of the European Council, his own job. This is even more absurd. Because then you create a figure which is a real rival of the President of the European Commission, also directly elected. He has to create compromises among the leaders. And you give him a legitimacy even higher than of the participants in the Council. So how can he find at the end of the day compromise or consensus? Van Rompuy said. ...