Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship calls for a directly accountable European government.
Speaking at the citizens’ dialogue event in Sofia, Bulgaria, Ms Reding said that the best way forward to ensure Europe’s legitimacy is to transform into a ‘United States of Europe’.
“As in the U.S., we need a two-chamber system for the United States of Europe,” she said.
She called for “a strong political Union” with two main elements – a strong government (the Commission) and two chambers. These would be the European Parliament and a 'Senate' of Member States.
She said that she was encouraged that a majority of Bulgarian citizens who had answered a public consultation last year – some 64% – had said that the EU should develop into a political union. Free movement, access to the Single Market and access to the European Labour Market were some of the benefits of EU membership highly prized by Bulgarian citizens, she added.
She also said that recent protests showed the need for renewed efforts to reform institutions and fight corruption in the country.