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Stoiber: Subsidiarity as a political challenge

 

Bavarian premier, Edmund Stoiber, began by remarking that a surprising number of countries wanted to come into the EU, whilst at the same time people's faith in the EU itself was declining. In order to improve acceptance of the EU one had to explain to the citizens of the Member States that Germany or France or Austria would only be able to safeguard its international interests within the framework of the EU. What had to be done was to improve the level of knowledge about the European Union. In this connection Stoiber regretted that such a thing as a 'European general public' did not exist, and that Europe was characterised by a number of 'national publics'.  

People generally disapproved of regulations whose added value was not apparent. In this context Stoiber strongly criticised the cross compliance system in EU agriculture policy, which had created a great deal of red tape for farmers. He wanted this to become the “prime topic of the German EU Presidency” and named the Floods Directive and the Particulate Matter Directive as well as the REACH System as examples of problematic legislation: it undermined confidence in politics when threshold levels were set which it was technically impossible to implement.

Stoiber pointed out that higher levels were generally tempted to take competences from below and saw the subsidiarity principle as an important mechanism for ensuring that the EU was able to concentrate on those tasks which could only be solved by joint action. For that reason he welcomed the EU Treaty which foresaw a subsidiarity control including the legally binding right to file court proceedings. Of particular importance was the subsidiarity early warning system with the involvement of the national parliaments. It was there to prevent national parliaments from having to implement regulations which they considered to be wrong. Finally Stoiber stated that the national parliaments discussed European topics far too little. They too had the job of creating a European public opinion. Stoiber’s concrete proposal was to introduce the subsidiarity early warning system independently of the Constitutional Treaty, and to do so under the current Austrian Presidency. 

 

Date: 24.04.2006