As expected, the European Council failed to get an agreement on the 2014 – 2020 EU Budgetary Framework.The EU-27, gathered on last Thursday and Friday in Brussels, failed to agree on some points such as the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the EU civil servants’ salaries, or the future of the R&D policy. In these positions, the EU Member States’ interest was very present, and even central, to the detriment of the interests of the EU and of the European citizens. Indeed, the latest European Council looked like a festival of national interests and selfishness in a context dominated by an endless Eurozone crisis.
For instance, the clash between UK and France regarding the priorities of the EU Budget: a hushed clash between two countries, two visions of the EU in which there was finally no winner, everyone considering the claims of the other unrealistic and unacceptable. Thus, when David Cameron, the UK Prime minister, demanded deep cuts on the budget and keeping his rebate and criticized the CAP, François Hollande, the French head of State, opposed a flat-refusal and tried to isolate an UK which does not know where it goes.
On its side, the European Commission seemed to be marginalised insofar as it made no major proposal. Though it owns the monopoly of the power of initiative, it left it to the Member States, despairing some experts such as Jean Quatremer, French journalist and blogger, who strongly criticised the inaction of José Manuel Barroso.