Public stakeholders event in Athens
A public debate on ‘New Pact for Europe’ was organised by ELIAMEP on Wednesday 26 February 2014.
Professor George Pagoulatos pointed out that the response of the EU to the crisis incorporates features of the second and third strategic option and could be characterized as “reluctant” but effective, given that a collapse of the banking systems in the European periphery was avoided and the Eurozone integrity was maintained.
Ms. Dora Bakoyianni (Member of the Parliament, “New Democracy” Party, former minister) expressed her amazement on how it is possible in times of crisis and in light of the upcoming European Parliament elections, that the European political parties have not prepared an elaborate political agenda concerning the future of Europe.
Mr. Dimitris Papadimoulis (Member of the Parliament,“SYRIZA”) began his comments by describing the structural problems of the Euro. He stood in favour of a combination of the third and the fourth option as an EU future strategy.
Mr. Tassos Giannitsis (Former minister, Professor emeritus at the University of Athens) mentioned that the study recognises the problematic situation where the EU finds itself. Mr. Giannitsis suggested that different options could be followed to achieve different targets in various policy areas.
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