President Macron launches “renaissance plan”
In an op-ed published this week in all 28 EU countries the French president attempted to rally support behind his ‘Project Europe’ leading up to the elections in May. This roadmap, which would see changes to the current European Union, is aimed at addressing the core reasons behind the crisis that has been caused by Brexit and the rise of Eurosceptic parties.
Similar to his famous speech at the Sorbonne University in 2017 where he first discussed his ideas about reforming the European Union, Macron touched on the need for defending liberty and electoral democracy by setting up services to assist countries to withstand third party involvement in elections. He also proposed that a body be set up that would allow for direct dialogue between EU institutions and members states civic groups and business leaders. Macron stuck to his goal of achieving a zero carbon emission status by 2050 and his bid to halve pesticides by 2025 as well as guaranteeing fair economic competition between member states and with outside countries.
Macron’s most significant remarks were saved for the issue of fiscal harmonisation and competition reform . Specifically, he emphasised what he said was the need for a collective EU approach to the taxation of digital companies across Europe. The president also proposed a rethink of the EU approach to its current trade and competition policy. He stated that the EU “should reshape our trade policy, penalising or banning businesses that compromise our strategic interests and fundamental values.”