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EU executive chief backs call to reform way bloc acts and decides

EU executive chief backs call to reform way bloc acts and decides

Reuters · 09/14/2022 04:55
EU executive chief backs call to reform way bloc acts and decides

- European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen voiced her support on Wednesday for the idea of reforming EU institutions through an update of the European Union's treaties, something she said citizens had shown they wanted.

"We to improve the way we do things and the way we decide things," von der Leyen said in her annual address to the European Parliament, which has been pushing for treaty changes.

She told lawmakers she supported their call for a convention to debate potential reforms, in particular if the European Union continues to expand beyond its 27 members. Von der Leyen some people believed was the right time.

In May, 13 EU countries largely from the Nordics and Eastern Europe said they did support "unconsidered and premature" attempts to launch a process of treaty change.

This would entail a serious risk of drawing political energy away from the important tasks of handling urgent geopolitical challenges facing Europe, they said in a joint statement.

"We already have a Europe that works. We do to rush into institutional reforms in order to deliver results," they said.


(Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop)

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