The European Commission supports the proposals Tuesday, February 2, President of the European Council Donald Tusk in response to the demands of great Britain on the reform of the European Union, said on Wednesday the head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, reports «Interfax-Ukraine».
«We have always said that I want Britain remained in the European Union on an equitable basis. It ought to be true for the UK and other partners, as well as for the European Parliament. The European Parliament in this matter has a key role,» said Juncker, speaking in the debate at the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on the preparation of the European Council of 18-19 February.
One of the main issues of this summit will be the EU the UK’s membership of the European Union.
«To be clear: the European Commission is associated to this work. The best experts of the Commission are involved in this work to try to find the best solutions. We worked with the President (of the European Council Donald — ed) and Mr Tusk (Prime Minister of UK David — ed) Cameron to implement these proposals,» — said the head of the European Commission.
Commenting on one of the requirements Cameron — about the competition — Juncker said that the EU want the EU to become more competitive and create more jobs, especially in the sphere of small and medium enterprises. It is therefore important to complement the single market Energy Union, common market and redrover to establish a capital market. This is a program of the European Commission.
«The UK believes that there are limits to the degree of European integration. Agree. But at the same time, it is necessary to make clear that other member States, if they wish, can move to greater integration. This is what Prime Minister (UK — ed) have to agree in respect of existing agreements,» — said Juncker.
«I want to preserve the integrity of the internal market, deepening our economic and monetary Union. The draft agreement proposed by President Tusk, complies with both of these imperatives. His proposals are aimed at protecting the fair interests of member States participating in the internal market without being members of the Euro zone. Fair to give those member States an opportunity to appeal to the European Council if they consider that the principle of non-discrimination may be violated. True to eliminate those member States from financial responsibility related to measures to ensure the stability of the Euro area», — said the President of the European Commission.
At the same time, he believes that observed «red line» opportunities of greater integration in the Euro area and strengthening of the single European currency. The Euro remains the single currency of the EU.
The most difficult of the four «baskets» of Cameron, said the head of the European Commission, was the subject of free movement, as regards the mechanism of social protection of internal labour migrants in the EU. «We will introduce a number of specially prepared (for the UK — ed) orders, which will allow you to restrict access to (British — ed) the labour market, and we will provide that for a period of 4 years, i.e. we will have a time limit, and it is something absolutely essential that the suggestions made have been agreed with the European legislation,» — said Juncker, adding that this will be no exception.
He acknowledged that the UK in recent years attracted a significant number of migrant workers, and the EU stands ready to help London to cope with the consequences of this phenomenon.
We will remind, in 2015, Cameron promised UK citizens to reconsider the country’s membership in the EU in case of refusal of Brussels to reform immigration laws and allow the UK to introduce a number of its own measures to limit the inflow of migrants. However, in may the EU introduced a common quota for immigrants.
On 27 may last year Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, speaking to the throne speech in Parliament, declared that a referendum on the country’s withdrawal from the EU will be held before the end of 2017.
September 8, 2015 the lower house of the British Parliament — House of Commons — voted for a referendum on the country’s membership in the European Union (316 members of the House of Commons voted «for», «against» — 53 members). However, the House of lords did not support this decision.
By the end of 2014, the majority of Britons supported the exit of their country from the EU.
The European Commission considers it reasonable to compromise with the London proposals Tusk by agreement with the UK 03.02.2016