Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt wants to ABOLISH European Commission ‘to save EU’ – Express.co.uk

Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt wants to ABOLISH European Commission ‘to save EU’ – Express.co.uk

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The former Belgian prime minister called for a new, smaller governmental body to run the bloc, consisting of “12 to 15 people”. 

He also said it would “not be possible” for every EU member to have its own commissioner at his new top table. 

Speaking to German website Zeit Online, Mr Verhofstadt set out a raft of changes he believed might stop the EU rot following Brexit and the rise of populism. 

He said that despite being a “committed European” the EU “cannot survive” in its current state.

Mr Verhofstadt, said: “The biggest problem is that the EU is still a federation of states based on unanimity. 

“We do not have a real union, although everyone is always talking about the European Union. 

“We have a federation of states, which is governed almost on weekends.”

He said it would not be possible to run Europe as a super state in competition with China, Russia or the US when heads of state only come together half a dozen times each year.

Mr Verhofstadt suggested adopting a federal style of government like Germany, “in which the regions retain their independence and the higher level gains the competences on certain policy areas”.

He said heads of state often tried to decide EU policy ‘unanimously’ in Brussels, and that such policies needed to change. 

“We must abolish the EU Commission to save the EU,” he said. 

“The Commission is mistaken for something like the EU government. My suggestion: We need a small European government consisting of 12 to 15 people.”

He added: “And we must break with the stupid idea that really every country must have a representative in such a government. 

“If tomorrow Macedonia or Montenegro or Serbia becomes an EU member, then we have to give them their own commissioner? This is not possible.”

He said the EU “government” would be held to account by two new bodies – an enlarged EU Parliament representing EU citizens and “a kind of Senate representing the Member States”. 

The two chambers would then nominate the heads of the government, as in a normal modern democratic system.

Mr Verhofstadt said: “We believe too often: Europe is something special, so we need a European Council, a Council of Ministers and so on and so forth. 

“Many institutions that do not meet often, but they coordinate everything. That does not work. With this system, we often act too small and too late. 

“The best example of this was the financial crisis, the consequences of which we still feel. The Americans then responded much faster and harder, regulated their banks more strictly.” 

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