The European Parliament will most likely approve a report on Wednesday, November 22nd, that seeks to amend the treaties of the European Union, liquidating member states’ veto rights, and giving more power to EU institutions in what conservative forces are describing as a dangerous power grab.
As we previously reported, the proposals were put forward by the so-called ‘Verhofstadt Group’, a circle of MEPs led by the Eurofederalist Guy Verhofstadt from the liberal Renew group. The plans would see a massive transfer of competences from a national to an EU level, and the unanimity voting system—veto rights of member states—would almost completely be abolished, to be replaced by majority or qualified majority voting.
The EU would be exclusively responsible for issues concerning the environment, public health, industry, and education. There would be shared competences with member states in the areas of energy, foreign affairs, external security and defence, and external border policy.
The European Parliament would have more powers, gaining a fully-fledged right of legislative initiative, and becoming a co-legislator for the EU’s long-term budget. The European Commission, the guarantor of the treaties, would become much more political: it would be renamed the European Executive, its president nominated by the Parliament, not the European Council (the member states), and the president would choose commission members (to be named Secretaries) based on political preferences.
The co-rapporteurs also proposed rewriting the fundamental values specified in the Treaty of the European Union, changing “equality between men and women” to “gender equality.”
The liberal, green and leftist groups of the European Parliament all support the proposals, as does the centre-right European People’s Party, making it very likely that the report will be approved.