Pittella: Europe is at a crossroads. We need a leap from Juncker on EU governance, debt mutualisation and investments

Commission work programme 2015. Investment and Growth

Gianni Pittella, President of the S&D Group in the European Parliament, has called for President Juncker to put EU governance, debt mutualisation and investment at the top of the EU's agenda.

Speaking today he said:

"Europe needs to make a qualitative leap to leave behind the deepest systematic crisis in EU history. The farcical response given by the Council over migration and the drama continuing in Greece demonstrate the depth of the European crisis and show the extent to which European solidarity has vanished in recent years."

"President Juncker outlined it well in his comments today and has done a good job of keeping the different European puzzle pieces together. However, now he must make a leap forward - putting three major issues at the top of the EU's agenda. We need to see a new, reinforced, governance of the EU institutions, a plan for the mutualisation of sovereign debts, and a new larger investment programme. This must allow for greater flexibility and be devoted to growth and job creation. It must also reintroduce the European social agenda – the recognition of the social dimension in the monetary and economic union and the fight against inequalities and social dumping - which has been completely abandoned in the last 10 years and has sadly been replaced by a form of financial dictatorship."

We cannot imagine Europe in 10 years' time if it continues along the current path. Either we change it or it will die."