EU: Domestic policy ‘harmful’ for single market says expert
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EU analyst Marek Tatala has criticised Emmanuel Macron for promoting the economic interests of France above those of the European Common Market. Mr Tatalla has labelled President Macron’s protectionist approach as “harmful’ for the European Union at a time when member states are falling out over the enforcement of shared “European values” and how to deal with governments, such as Poland and Hungary, who are seen to breach the union’s “rule of law.”
The Vice President at the Civil Development Forum told Express.co.uk that France’s decision to put up barriers to the single market was driven “purely by domestic policy.”
He said: “This is an approach which is harmful for the single market, this is harmful for the European Union.
“But because of domestic political reasons, it was promoted also by President Macron.
“While he was also promoting the rule of law, the European values”
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Mr Tatala described the strengthening of the rule of law and shared values as “essential” for the EU despite the growing disagreements across the bloc.
He told Express.co.uk: “Separate power is better than concentrated power so it is to some extent good there are some conflict within the European Union.
“Or some kind of clashes between varies interests because then the power is not concentrated in the hands of only one government.”
Mr Tatala stressed the importance of finding “consensus” over challenges which confront the member states: “It is one of the most important roles of the EU, we also created this platform of looking for consensus.
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“So it enables us to find solutions that are maybe not perfect from the perspective of the national interest of each member state.
“But in the long run they are a positive-sum game,” added Rule of law expert.
It comes amid fear European states could split over the future of the single market, with Poland feeling increasing “marginalised” in the area of trade because of an ongoing clash with Brussels on rule of law.
Together with Hungary, Poland’s relationship with the EU has been tense ever since Brussels began Article 7 proceedings aimed at preventing the two countries from introducing controversial legal reforms.
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Mr Tatala spoke to Express.co.uk of his concerns that some of the large EU member states had already begun to adopt economic “protectionism,” pushing Poland out of discussions around the single market.
He said: “While we are very focused in Poland about the topic of rule of law and the government is essentially fighting with Brussels over these issues.
“I think causes the Polish government to be marginalised in discussions around the future of the single market
“We see some tendencies for intra-EU protectionism for example in France, in some other large EU states when they try to protect their economies from the free flow of goods and services in the EU.”
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