Opinion: multi-speed development idea in Europe is not in Latvia’s interests
The idea of having a multi-speed Europe, as described in the Rome declaration signed by EU member states, does not comply with Latvia’s interests, says president of European Movement – Latvia Andris Gobins.
He notes that until now EU leaders have been those who influenced Europe’s development the most. Because of that, yesterday’s document is «far more important and considerable» than EC President JeanClaude Juncker’s proposed models. Gobins says that the declaration details European leaders’ favour towards a multispeed European model, adding also that Europe will develop at equal pace, but if a need arises, development may be performed at different speeds.
«That one is the most important sentence with far-going consequences. I believe it does not comply with Latvia’s interests, because any multi-speed development in Europe
could mean a peripheral role, not core role, for certain member states,» says the European activist.
Gobins also says that as soon as groups working in certain fields appear it will become harder to convince other partner about preserving the idea of European funds and cohesion policy, which is used to help the poorest countries in the union. According to him, this principle would be weakened by the multi-speed Europe idea. EKL president commented that Latvia should stick to the idea that united development of Europe is what the union needs the most, and that the multi-speed idea should be viewed ‘as a formality that remains in force but is not actually realized’. When asked about the declaration’s statement on solidarity and unity, Gobins mentioned that solidarity is used in Europe in different interpretations. «The declaration mentions EU’s future and development in the next ten years, proposing how it should be. Solidarity appears in a different light in this case – it appears in relation to unemployment combating,» notes the president of EKL.
President of Finland Sauli Niinistö and President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid support the multi-speed Europe model and view it as an acceptable political direction. This belief is justified with the fact that countries that cooperate more closely with one another leave the door open for other member states.