The European elections take part in France on Sunday, May 26. Ahead of the voting French President Emmanuel Macron wrote an op-ed, laying out his vision for the EU on Monday evening. Mr Macron called for a “European renaissance”, proposing a series of new policies he wants to force on the bloc. Express.co.uk looks at the seven reforms Emmanuel Macron could force on the EU.
The French president wants to radically change the area of trade, saying the bloc need to rethink the approach to competition and trade policy.
Mr Macron called for a “European preference” in public procurement and said the EU should “reshape our trade policy, penalising or banning businesses that compromise our strategic interests and fundamental values.”
He added businesses should be “penalised” if they compromise “environmental standards” in trade.
In his op-ed, Mr Macron wrote: “We need to reform our competition policy.”
Both France and Germany last month insisted on the need to reform current EU rules to allow European companies to become “global champions,” something the Frenchman also called for in his op-ed.
Currently, the EU does not allow its member states to grant companies specific advantages.
Another pillar of the French president’s strategy would allow for more state aid.
Mr Macron called for “European supervision” of major digital platforms.
This includes prompting “penalties for unfair competition, transparent algorithms” as well as more funding for innovation.
He also wants a “European Agency for the Protection of Democracies” to help countries protect themselves “against cyber-attacks and manipulation,” as well as European rules “banishing incitement to hatred and violence from the internet.”
Mr Macron called for financing “innovation by giving the new European Innovation Council a budget on a par with the United States in order to spearhead new technological breakthroughs such as artificial intelligence.”
He also wants a “European Climate Bank to finance the ecological transition,” a “European food safety force” and a “European Council for Internal Security.”
There was no mention of how this would be paid for, however.
Food and agriculture
The French president wants pesticide use halved by 2025.
Suggesting to establish a “European food safety force” Mr Macron want to improve control on food and counter the threat of powerful lobby organisations.
He also believes this would bolster the independence of scientific assessment studies regulating hazardous substances.
Mr Macron called for the EU to aim for zero carbon emissions by 2050.
He wants a climate bank to finance the transition.
The French president’s other ideas for “spearheading the environmental cause” include “penalising businesses” that compromise on environmental standards.
Migration and security
Mr Macron wants a “common border force and a European asylum office” and a European Council for Internal Security.
He wrote that he would like ”a treaty on defence and security should define our fundamental obligations in association with Nato and our European allies.”
A “European Security Council with the United Kingdom on board to prepare our collective decisions” was also on his wishlist.
As a former banker, Mr Macron has made eurozone reform one of his priorities.
He said: “How would we resist the crises of financial capitalism without the euro, which is a force for the entire EU?”
Although keeping comments regarding the common currency to a minimum in his op-ed, the French president added: “Europe is not just an economic market.”