Juncker: EU should scrap some national vetos on tax

Sheri Evans
September 13, 2018

He said: "I welcome Prime Minister May's proposal to develop an ambitious new partnership for the future, after Brexit".

European Union policy on migration, which has also put the Balkans on the European Union table, was one of the main topics Juncker addressed in his speech.

Juncker said the corps should be funded by some 2.2 billion euros ($2.5 billion) in European Union money from the bloc's next long-term budget.

In turn, the draft rules will demand the EU's 28 national governments put in place the capacity to identify extremist content online, sanctions and an appeals procedure.

Mr Juncker focussed on "sovereignty" and the EU's collective capacity to shape world policy in the face of USA isolationism and ongoing Brexit negotiations.

Juncker spoke at length about Brexit, warning the United Kingdom that "We also ask the British government to understand that someone who leaves the Union can not be in the same privileged position as a member state".

An EU official previously commented on Mr Juncker's speech, stating: "Juncker wants the EU to punch above, not below, its weight".

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President Juncker's speech in the European Parliament was accompanied by the adoption of 18 concrete initiatives by the European Commission on migration and borders, security, free and secure elections, the European Union's partnership with Africa and the EU as a global actor, putting words immediately into action. "For me, these are and will remain success stories - for we were able to reconcile Europe's history and geography".

"But this is not enough", Juncker told the European Parliament. The European Union is a guarantor of peace. "But we will equally be very outspoken should the British government walk away from its responsibilities under the Good Friday Agreement", he said.

Many nations have expressed concern about having their borders policed by staff from other countries, even if they are European partners. "Let us stop dragging its name through the mud, and start defending our communal way of life more".

Juncker noted that one of the jewels in Europe's crown - the passport-free Schengen travel area - is under threat due to barriers and tougher border ID checks being imposed by some countries.

In an effort to cut migrant flows off at source the Commission and member countries want to create "disembarkation platforms" in northern Africa to offload people rescued at sea. I speak of these times not because I believe we are on the brink of another catastrophe, but because Europe is the guardian of peace. "Ad-hoc solutions are not adequate, we need more solidarity and it must be organised".

"Today we are proposing a new alliance between Europe and Africa, an alliance for investment and sustainable jobs".

The European Union already has a series of deals with individual African countries, largely in North Africa, as well as additional economic partnerships with African blocs, such as the Southern African Development Community.

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