Friday, 22 September, 2017

Juncker: Western Balkans in EU? Not before 2019

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Saul Franklin | 14 September, 2017, 01:14

To much applause from the European Parliament, he called on the Turkish government to stop attacking EU leaders and to "let our journalists go". No candidate is ready yet.

Juncker was echoing French president Emmanuel Macron who campaigns against EU rules on the employment overseas of workers from low-pay countries, calling the current system a "betrayal" of European values.

"And each time for each new member state, the rule of law will have to be fully established and the fundamental values of the European Union respected", Junkcer pointed out, adding that this was "an absolute priority".

He also noted that the European Union does not abandon the course of integration of the countries of the former Yugoslavia - Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, which are considered a single region of the Western Balkans.

Lawmakers voted 601 to 69 in favour of the bill, part of a move to extend the exemption of global flights from the EU's cap-and-trade system pending the adoption of last year's United Nations deal on tackling aircraft emissions.

"We will always regret it and you will regret it soon", Juncker said Wednesday in his annual state of the union address before the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.

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The prime minister will also meet with members of the Senate Committee on foreign relations later Tuesday afternoon. The White House said it would not comment on the US Department of Justice investigation.

Juncker gave an insight into his vision for the EU's future and how he hopes to keep the other 27 member states together after a tumultuous period.

The Commission leader also proposed the creation of a Europe-wide finance minister, enabling deeper integration of the eurozone.

Juncker said foreign policy decisions should not be taken by unanimity, but instead by qualified majority voting, to make decision-making quicker. "Otherwise our continent will struggle for air", Junker said.

While pointedly demanding that European Union governments respect European Union law and court judgements - a barb aimed mainly at ex-communist states in the east like Poland and Hungary - Juncker stressed that the poorer east must not be treated as second class. "The judgements of the European Court of Justice have to be respected by all". "To undermine them, or to undermine the independence of national courts, is to strip citizens of their fundamental rights", Juncker argued.

"In the European Union, the rule of law is not optional, it's a duty". "It is a must", he added.

Chubb has said that it will continue to have a significant presence in London post-Brexit, as well having offices across the United Kingdom and the Europe Union. It requires a unanimity in the European Council and for many member states, there is a balance to ensure between their representation in the EP and the voting system in the Council.

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