Commenting following the EU’s decision to examine ways of ensuring greater fiscal stability, Fine Gael’s Spokesperson on European Affairs, Michael Creed TD, stated that the European Council President should explore options that would not necessitate fundamental amendments to the EU Treaties.
“Fine Gael agrees that there is a need for tighter fiscal plans to be put in place to ensure that the current crises across many EU States, including Ireland, do not re-occur.
“However, in achieving this, Fine Gael does not believe a wide ranging re-opening of the Lisbon Treaty is desirable. We note that the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy has been tasked with engaging with each Member State on how the necessary fiscal tightening and controls can be achieved. It would be highly preferable if the changes necessary could be ones that do not require constitutional approval.
“As Fine Gael Party Leader, Enda Kenny TD, stated in Brussels yesterday, we need clarity on the proposals and once full details have been published, Fine Gael will respond comprehensively,” he said.