Nieuws-items bij J.M. (José) Barroso
16-05Speech by President Barroso: "An EU strategy for industrial competitiveness"
15-05Discours du Président Barroso à la conférence internationale des donateurs pour le développement du Mali
15-05Speech - Déclaration du Président Barroso à la conférence des donateurs "Ensemble pour le renouveau du Mali"
15-05Speech - Déclaration du Président Barroso pour la visite du Président Hollande
15-05Speech by President Barroso at opening of the European Emergency Response Centre
14-05Verklaring van commissievoorzitter Barroso na zijn ontmoeting met de president van Mali (fr)
09-05Speech by President Barroso at the State of the Union conference: Restoring confidence
07-05Commissie komt met verbeteringen voor eurozone: 'sommige zullen als science fiction klinken' (en)
07-05Opening keynote speech at the Conference on the Blueprint for a deep and genuine EMU
26-04Opening speech by President Barroso at the 6th College-to-College Meeting of the African Union Commission and the European Commission
25-04Speech by President Barroso at the Global Vaccine Summit
25-04Videoboodschap van commissievoorzitter Barroso over gebruik voedseloverschotten om armen te voeden (en)
24-04Verklaring Barroso over bijeenkomst EC met minister-president van Litouwen (en)
23-04Duitse minister van Buitenlandse zaken Westerwelle berispt Barroso over diens uitspraken aangaande het EU-bezuinigingsbeleid (en)
23-04Video viEUws.eu: Woordvoerder Barroso over ontmoeting met minister Buitenlandse Zaken VS (en)
23-04Speech by President Barroso: "A new narrative for Europe"
23-04Debat over bezuiniging en groei: uitspraken Barroso tijdens Denk Tank Dialoog in Brussel (en)
22-04Verklaring EC-voorzitter Barroso na zijn ontmoeting met Amerikaanse minister van Buitenlandse Zaken John Kerry (en)
22-04Speech by President Barroso: "The Essence of Federalism"
16-04Speech by President Barroso at the plenary debate with the Prime Minister of Finland, Jyrki Katainen: "The Future of the European Union"
BRUSSELS - European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has said member states must agree to a big common budget, a future banking union and - ultimately - political union in order to save the EU.
His speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday (16 June) comes before an EU summit on 28 June.
Barroso, EU Council president Herman Van Rompuy, European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi and Jean-Claude Juncker - the head of the euro-using countries' club, the Eurogroup - are drafting a joint paper on how EU leaders can stop the crisis.
The text will be a political manifesto rather than a legal proposal, officials say.
"I will urge the European Council to take concrete commitments towards a fully developed economic and monetary union and a process that maps out the steps how to get there," Barroso told MEPs.
He said countries must agree here and now to generous EU spending in the 2013 to 2020 period.
He noted that 97 percent of public investment in Hungary and over 50 percent in Poland comes from EU funds. "What would the situation be in these countries without the contribution of the European budget?" he asked.
He also urged governments to "refine" the rules of the EU bail-out fund, the ESM, to make it easier to help struggling banks and to adopt last week's commission proposal for EU banks to set aside more rainy day capital.
He said the next step - which "might require [EU] treaty changes" - would be a "banking union."
The move would see EU-level bank supervision, a joint deposit guarantee fund and a new fund dedicated to bailing-out big banks which get into trouble.
Barroso's final step - fiscal and political union - would see EU countries issue joint bonds, co-ordinate tax policy and co-ordinate national spending on everything from healthcare to schools and social welfare.
He noted that some non-euro-using countries might want to stay out. But he added: "Our economic relations bind us all: euro area members and non-members alike, our futures are linked."
Leading MEPs said things should move more quickly.
Belgian liberal Guy Verhofstadt said the summit paper should be a legal proposal for creating a "federal union" and that commission budget plans should call for "own resources" - direct taxation of EU citizens by Brussels.
French centre-right deputy Joseph Daul said that - to increase democracy -the EU parliament president should take part in EU summits instead of leaving the room after making a speech.
Austrian centre-left MEP Johannes Swoboda held up a copy of the The Economist magazine with a picture of the EU as a sinking ship.
"Please can we start the engines now Mrs Merkel ... not in one or two years' time?" he asked, referring to the German Chancellor's step-by-step approach to the crisis.
British eurosceptic Nigel Farrage, a former investment banker, said the "euro Titanic" has "hit the ice-berg."
He noted that Rome is borrowing money from markets at almost seven percent in order to lend its €20 billion part of the Spanish rescue to Madrid at three percent. "We're actively driving Italy toward a bail-out," he said.
Barroso already floated his banking union idea in a speech in May and again in a Financial Times interview on Monday.
For her part, German Bundesbank vice-president Sabine Lautenschlaeger on Wednesday told the Financial Times Deutschland that the banking union is unthinkable without fiscal/political union at the same time.
"Whoever accepts liability also has to have a right to control [it]," she said.