Leading Government ministers, party leaders and European Commissioners from Liberal parties across Europe are meeting in London today at the invitation of South West England and Gibraltar MEP Sir Graham Watson
, in his role as president of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform party (ELDR
The main topics to be addressed at the meeting, co-hosted together with UK Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, will be European economic growth; the Eurozone and treaty change and the Multiannual Financial Framework
Prior to the meeting, Sir Graham commented
: "Finding a credible solution to the economic crisis remains the number one priority. This will inevitably require greater fiscal coordination, discipline and solidarity among Eurozone countries."
“The draft Reinforced Economic Union Treaty under discussion at present is one step in this regard. But fiscal austerity alone cannot solve our problems. Unless we tackle the underlying cause of the crisis - Europe's chronic lack of competiveness in the global economy - this crisis will be the first of many more to come.
"What Europe needs is an urgent and far-reaching reform agenda to unlock jobs and economic growth across the Union; a European liberal agenda for the 21st century
,” he said.
“Europe has done this before, and reaped the rewards: the Single Market Programme of the 80s and 90s was a truly remarkable liberal achievement, tearing down trade barriers within Europe and unlocking unprecedented levels of new jobs, growth and prosperity. We need to recapture this level of ambition.
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