Italy holds a very special place in the heart of our Union. It has given Europe so much and has been there from the very start, shaping our Union every step of the way. It was Spinelli and Rossi, imprisoned on the island of Ventotene, who set out their dream of a “Free and United Europe”. They called on the nations of Europe, so long adversaries, to come together to ensure that the mistakes of the past would never happen again. (and, echoing this opening, here is the closing) It was no surprise or coincidence that the first lines of the White Paper were about Spinelli and Rossi's manifesto. So, as we look to our future, we should all inspire ourselves from those that have gone before us to build a stronger and more united Union for generations that follow – just as they did for us. -- Jyrki Katainen, Debate on the Future of Europe with Giuseppe Conte, President of the Council of Ministers of Italy, 12 February 2019.Posted by Isabelle le 2019-02-24
The figures are telling: where the US invests in developing one type of tank, in Europe we have 17 different types. While the US have 4 different frigates, in Europe we have 29. For jet fighters, it is 6 versus 20. A reporter once remarked: this is an area where even socks for soldiers have national specifications and are procured nationally.(...) There are surely good reasons for having different national specifications and for doing things separately in defence, as in other areas. But even more are there good reasons to do things together. -- Jyrki Katainen, Opening Speech at CEPS' Future of Europe Series, 19 January 2018Posted by Isabelle le 2018-01-26
I think we can live with (the current situation), but it does not make any sense. So that is why I want to concentrate on the procedure. So what should be different? The biggest challenge for this (multi-annual budget framework) is to change in the attitude of the co-legislators. Do we only concentrate on the amount of money or do we concentrate on the content of the budget? I think both are relevant, but you cannot take one over the other. So, if I was still the Prime Minister of my country, what I would do? -- Jyrki Katainen, A Budget for the EU27, 8 January 2018.Posted by Isabelle le 2018-01-26
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