About: Alain Lamassoure Archives

  • Budget negotiator: Commission forgot about the Lisbon Treaty

    Interview | EU Priorities 2020 02-07-2013

    During the negotiations for the 2014-2020 EU budget, the European Commission appeared to have forgotten that the Lisbon Treaty entails new responsibilities that require at least a minimum of funding, says Alain Lamassoure, MEP and head of the negotiating team for the financial framework.

  • Europe’s leaders are suffering from amnesia

    Opinion | Euro & Finance 20-06-2012

    The financial and economic ills afflicting Europe would be treated more effectively if those who govern the Union - in fact, national leaders gathered at EU summits - were not themselves suffering from amnesia, writes Alain Lamassoure.

  • Europe should bridge solidarity gap

    Opinion | Social Europe & Jobs 07-09-2011

    Even though solidarity is supposedly at the heart of the EU Treaties, financial operators and citizens are not convinced and confusion reigns. It is imperative that EU countries come up with a European solidarity pact to pool resources for boosting growth and competitiveness, writes centre-right MEP Alain Lamassoure.

  • A Real Budget for Europe ?

    Opinion | EU Priorities 2020 05-07-2011

    The European Commission showed political courage in pushing for an increase of the EU budget and proposing so-called 'own resources' on the revenue side, despite the climate of Euroscepticism maintained by the governments of some countries, argues French MEP Alain Lamassoure.

  • Europe: What have you done with your humanism?

    Opinion | EU Priorities 2020 07-04-2010

    Collective psychology looks very much like that of an individual human being. When one feels bad, Freudian inferiority and superiority complexes surface at once. As such, Europe, as a model of civilisation, is afflicted by a major historical trauma, observes French MEP Alain Lamassoure.

  • National parliaments key to Lisbon’s success

    Opinion | Future EU 04-11-2009

    "The formal involvement of national Parliaments in EU political choices is one of the main keys to the success of the Lisbon Treaty," writes French MEP Alain Lamassoure of the centre-right European People's Party in an October editorial, proposing a number of measures for implementation in early 2010.

  • Lamassoure: EU leaders should grill ‘Mr. Europe’ on TV

    Interview | EU Priorities 2020 16-05-2008

    Leading French MEP Alain Lamassoure is to put forward a motion for a Parliament resolution calling for a televised grilling of the candidates for the EU's future permanent president. Those asking the questions should be the heads of state and government of the 27 EU countries, he told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Appointing the next European Council president

    Opinion | EU Priorities 2020 08-02-2008

    Developing a procedure for the appointment of the first permanent president of the European Council would be more useful at this stage than putting forward names of individuals, according to French MEP Alain Lamassoure.

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