Europe Report (5)

MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In section 5 of the report it states that EU reform needs to be looked at not simply in the context of what is most beneficial for the UK but also in terms of what competencies the EU must hold to achieve better economic performance and tackle perceptions of a democratic deficit. Are there any circumstances in which achieving this could involve further devolution of powers to the EU?


Answer for Europe Report (5)

Answer for Europe Report (5)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

After the consequences of the Lisbon Treaty and the substantial increase in competencies that the EU achieved, it is very hard to see any particular benefit further devolution of UK competencies could have for the UK or the EU. However, other EU countries, especially the Eurozone may benefit from further competencies (especially fiscal) being taken up by the EU.