October 10, 2008
There is a strong body of opinion which advocates politicising the Commission and the election of its President, and that only by reproducing at EU level the kind of political society that exists at national level, will our citizens become interested.
I question this thesis. It is true that this change would lead to more media coverage and interest in ‘Brussels’, but will it be of the EU or will it replicate national political societies which are out of touch, and unpopular, with their electorates.
The EU institutional structure is unique. Arguably, the Commission should not be a political body but an effective technocratic one. Its priorities and pronouncements should be dictated by what is good for Europe, and not what will influence the re-appointment of its president.
By politicising the Commission, short termism will take over, as it has in the Member States.Author : Stanley Crossick