According to Belga he has said that the institutional crisis of the past ten years has masked the deeper financial crisis at the heart of the EU.
l'eurodéputé français, les problèmes budgétaires ont été "masqués par la crise institutionnelle qu'a traversée l'UE entre le traité de Nice et le traité de Lisbonne". Ils n'en sont pas moins sérieux. Aujourd'hui, l'Europe "n'a plus le moyen de financer ses politique", estime-t-il. Le budget européen est en effet resté plafonné à environ 1% du PIB alors que les traités successifs ont considérablement élargi le champ d'action de l'Union. Par comparaison, "dans la plupart des pays européens, la dépense dépassent 40% du PIB".He wants to see some way of leverageing money out ofthe nation states of the EU, but he warns,
"We are not closed to the reflection on own resources but it is clear that we can't have additional income for the EU, it must replace existing sources," a French diplomat told this website. "The second issue is that we can't increase the fiscal pressure on our citizens," they added.The problem is Alain, what else can you call it? No matter how many times you say we musn't call it an EU tax it still would be an EU tax.
One thing is clear however, says Mr Lamassoure. "It must not be called a 'European tax'. Once you mix the words 'Europe' and 'tax' in the same sentence it becomes explosive."
And anyway, if you are such a true believer in the EU, and you believe that the people share your belief, surely they would be happy to fund your ambitions.
What you don't think so. No?
Then stop doing it then.