Jargon, frameworks and conformity

*As for the last 2 months I have a weekly editorial in the Romanian „Dilema Veche”  my postings here are going to be a lot less frequent.

The problem with the European Union frameworks is not as much as with their content but with what is outside these frameworks.  Anything outside tends to or is considered to be wrong or irrelevant.

As the expertise inside the EC is inherently limited especially when it comes to the most disadvantaged groups and the poorest of the poor some of the most important things remain always outside the frameworks and therefore the weak and sometimes disastrous results.

The EU is the main financial supporter of the civil society and the NGOs will adapt to the existing “frameworks” rather than disturb the status quo. Conformity remains a very significant problems among the EU and other international and national bureaucracies as well as among the elites of the European civil society.

On top of this we continue to develop and promote jargon that increases the separation between the EU and the common European. The EU language becomes more and more aloof and irrelevant for most of us.

The EU project is very much needed not just for us, the Europeans but for most of the world. It helped Europe to become a much better and safer place and it could help many other places in our neighborhood to make the same progress.

Producing jargon, rigid frameworks and incentives for blind conformity is not the way to do it.

Here some examples from the most recent speeches of EU Commissioners :

Commission remains strongly committed to presenting to this Parliament towards the end of the year a circular economy package which has a holistic approach on the issue.

We must pursue the path of reforms and reinforce the foundations of the EMU, as a place of prosperity based on balanced economic growth, price stability, a sound financial sector and competitive social market economy.

The European Commission is committed to creating a Europe with a Triple A Social Rating. We will only be worthy of a ‘Triple A’ when we achieve fair and balanced growth: Growth that leads to decent and quality job creation and protection for all throughout their lifecycles. But social protection must be modernised and adapted to current challenges.

Without prejudice to the prerogatives of the Council in the implementation of the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP), one-off contributions by Member States, either by a Member State or by national promotional banks classified in the general government sector or acting on behalf of a Member State, into the EFSI or thematic or multi-country investment platforms established for the implementation of the Investment Plan, should in principle qualify as one-off measures, within the meaning of Article 5 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1466/97 and Article 3 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1467/97.

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