October 26, 2010
Regarding ‘Treaty change debate divides EU foreign ministers‘:
In its present state the Lisbon Treaty explicits forbids any form of financial solidarity between eurozone member states. This ‘original sin’ must be erased to guarantee the survival of the euro. The treaty must therefore be revised. Such revisions are consubstantial with the evolving nature of the EU. Seven major revisions have successfully occurred since the creation of the EU.
The Lisbon Treaty provides for a new method of revision (through a Convention) that is public and democratic. It is not true that an agreement cannot be reached through this procedure. The real problem lies in the capacity of some member states to RATIFY this agreement after it has been reached.
Last time, the ratification was taken hostage by domestic political feuds. This is not acceptable and must not happen again.
Jean-Guy GiraudLetters to the EurActiv editor