In the 2012 State of the Union address, President Barroso proposed that the EU move towards becoming a federation of nation states. He also announced a blueprint for the autumn on deepening economic and monetary union.
In his 2012 State of the Union address, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso made a strong case for a new direction and a new thinking for Europe.
He sketched out a path towards greater European unity to overcome the crisis and maintain sovereignty in a globalised world. "Globalisation demands more European unity. More unity demands more integration. More integration demands more democracy," he said. He presented to the European Parliament a 'decisive deal for Europe' that "requires the completion of a deep and genuine economic union, based on a political union."
He also presented the Commission proposal on the common supervision of eurozone banks as a stepping stone to banking union. The European Central Bank would gain supervisory powers for all banks to prevent bank failures and protect depositors.
During the speech, Barroso also:
Citizens can submit questions to President Barroso about the State of the Union until 18 September on EUtube. He will answer them in a live interview on 19 September at 19.00 CET, which will be broadcast on the Euronews network and website, on EUtube, on the Commission’s Google+ page, on Europe by Satellite and the President's website.
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