The French president Emmanuel Macron presented on Tuesday 26 September his plans for a “profound transformation” of the EU. Hailed as one of the most pro-European speeches by an EU leader in years, Macron pleaded for the EU to return to its founders’ “visionary” ideas.
Among the proposals, Macron called for harmonisation of tax policies, minimum wage in each EU country and a bigger European budget. He also called for the creation of European universities and said that by 2024, all European students should be able to speak at least two European languages. Finally, Macron gave his support to transnational Member of the European Parliament, and called for a “simpler, more transparent and less bureaucratic Europe”.