Correspondent's Choice

The following interview was published by on 3rd December 2009.

Jacques Delors, considered as one of the ‘fathers of Europe’, called on governments to organise a debate about a report on the future of Europe prepared by the group of ‘wise men’ chaired by former Spanish Prime Minister Felipe González.

Delors, who spoke to EurActiv during his visit in Brussels on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the Economic and Social Charter, said there are “too many” strategies already. He referred to the 2030 horizon of the González group, and the ‘EU 2020’ strategy launched recently by the European Commission, with the aim of replacing the current Lisbon Strategy for growth and jobs.

“2020 for some, 2030 for the González group. It is difficult to make sense out of it. What I find most horrifying is reports which have no purpose. Not because they are of poor quality, but because they are soon locked in the closet. And you need a lot of space in a building to make room for all the reports which have not been followed by any effect. The announcing effects, not followed by actual work are the worst enemies of the European construction,” the former long-serving Commission president told this website.

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