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Politics: PM calls for discussion on revised Lisbon Treaty

Δημοσίευση 20 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 11:49 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Politics: PM calls for discussion on revised  Lisbon Treaty
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Prime Minister George Papandreou has proposed the start of a campaign to collect up to a million signatures in favour of an official discussion within the European Union on a new and revised Lisbon Treaty.

Prime Minister George Papandreou has proposed the start of a campaign to collect up to a million signatures in favour of an official discussion within the European Union on a new and revised Lisbon Treaty.

Papandreou put the idea forward on Saturday, during a meeting of ruling PASOK's Parliamentary group before the start of the debate on the 2011 budget, saying that such an initiative would be addressed to all European citizens, trade unions, national parliaments and non-governmental organisations.

He also called for a working group made up of PASOK MPs and MEPs to promote the initiative, suggesting several former ministers such as Vasso Papandreou, Petros Efthymiou, Nasos Alevras and others.

The prime minister also announced plans for a party congress to decide on policy concerning the country's course in the new European and international environment.

At another point, he appeared optimistic that Greece's partners would agree to extend the repayment for the loans given under the stability mechanism.

Regarding the debate on the budget, he urged PASOK MPs to "send out strong messages in Parliament and to all Greek society" and to "stand united for the sake of the country and Greeks".

 

Referring to the European Union's summit that took place in Brussels on Thursday and Friday, Papandreou said that he began his intervention at the dinner for the EU's leaders saying that "either we shall write history or history shall write us off" since he believes that the EU has reached a crossroads and despite the positive decisions taken at the summit the dilemma of "further deepening of the EU, or breaking of its political, social and economic cohesion" remains.

"We either proceed to a powerful economic and political governance, at least of the countries of the euro, or we shall become witnesses of a new, easy, but also destructve nation-alism, of introversion and mutual accusations," the prime minister said, stressing that Europe's joint reply, as in Cancoon recently, can in the same way provide solutions to the issue of poverty and to chronic rivalries in the wider region from the issue of Cyprus to the Middle East question.

"A powerful Europe can reply to the appetites of markets which, either fear to invest in countries facing difficulties, or speculate shamelessly against them, through the so-called 'derivatives'," Papandreou told his party's deputies, stressing that in this framework Greece has been tabling proposals for months on the creation of an apparatus that under different names "reaches the central idea of a Fund, with the eurobonds as the epicentre."

Papandreou further said that "the eurobond, among other things, will also reply to the markets, from where Europe will borrow for member-states, constituting a considerable shield against the high interest rates and the phobias of markets. But it would also be a strong guarantee for the international markets, that will no longer panic."

The prime minister also referred to other proposals that are being promoted through the Party of European Socialists (PES) and the Socialist International (SI) on the tax on stock exchange transactions and the tax on greenhouse gases that could constitute own resources for the EU.

 

ND spokesman on PM's address

 

Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party spokesman Panos Panayiotopoulos, commenting on the prime minister's address at the ruling PASOK party's Parliamentary Group meeting, said that "instead of waiting for 2013, the prime minister should look the citizens in the eyes from now, to feel the intense concern and extreme insecurity that they are feeling for today and tomorrow, due to the options, the mistakes and the omissions of the PASOK government."

Panayiotopoulos added that "if Mr. Papandreou does not change his policy immediately, for us to pass to the recovery and growth of the economy, the dramatic recession, to which he himself has led us, will drag us to the bottom."