Macron: EU needs financial and military sovereignty

FRANCE (OBSERVATORY) –¬†French President Emmanuel Macron said the need for dialogue and cooperation in the world on the basis of recognition of the sovereign rights of countries, as well as compliance with signed treaties.

Emmanuel Macron said this during his speech at the plenary session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, noting that Europe will “continue work on a common European defense project,” and will also seek financial sovereignty.

In the statement did not mention the US government and their actions, however, noting the commitment to the “Joint Comprehensive Action Plan” (SVPD), the French president clearly hinted that the United States does not support unilateral steps to phase out the signed agreements. At the same time, statements about the intention to defend the sovereignty of Europe were also voiced in the context of US pressure on other countries in connection with the break in the deal with Iran and the threat of sanctions.

“We must build a new partnership on the basis of all this, I would like so that we could work to strengthen peace and security in our continent.This is our responsibility.It is necessary to reconsider our architecture, reconsider our common interests.So we will sit at the negotiating table and we will work together, I am ready for this, we have now the opportunity to move forward.If we miss this moment, we can simply lose it forever.

I would like Russia to remain within the Council of Europe. I want our strategic dialogue to gain new momentum on many issues, economic, social and defense issues. This brings me to the second point. The issue of trust, which stands on an international scale, now opens a new door for us, opens a new era for us. Of course, we are all concerned with many phenomena: climate change, energy transformation, changes in the digital sphere, where so many new trends appear, an economic crisis that, in general, leads to a greater gap between well-developed and less economically developed countries.

Over the years, we were experiencing a globalization crisis that led to the fact that our peoples began to simply question their future. Therefore, in recent years, there have emerged such new trends, which we simply did not even think of in the past, as a way out of Britain from the European Union. But in these crises, I think the main reason, probably, is precisely the lack of effectiveness of development.

We believe that new trends appear on the international scene, of which you, by the way, have said, is the fragmentation of the world. That is, the tendency when, playing on people’s fears, some forces simply use this to create even more suspicion and mutual distrust. Whether it is economic growth or collective security, or digital space – any fragmentation will be an instrument of fear. After all, Japan, Russia and France, as well as China and all our foreign partners, have a common interest. An interest that is to react in this context, inventing new methods and relying on some very simple principles.

This is the third point, and I will end here. We need, in order to combat this suspicion, to create terminology and conditions for what I call a multilateral approach. It includes, of course, sovereignty and full integration to that multilateral political approach, of which I am constantly speaking. You can not trust each other, as I said about Tolstoy, if you do not believe yourself. If you do not respect yourself, then no one will respect you. Therefore, I believe that in this area it is necessary to fight for the observance of sovereignty.

I want us to respect each other, so that there are no interventions, no matter what form. If we sign an agreement, we must remain in this agreement, if this is our choice, regardless of who will get out of this agreement and who will remain in it.

Therefore, we must strive to ensure that our sovereignty remains an inalienable right of every country, regardless of any conditions, because this creates conditions for stability for our business, because sometimes we need some limits and limits. What do our fellow citizens want? They want someone to answer to them. And who should account for them, if not the government itself?

Therefore, I am very committed to the sovereignty of my country, France, and the choice we made when signing the SVPD, it was our choice. You know, we spoke yesterday about the Roman pledge. You reminded me of this, Mr. President. That is, what is signed, remains eternal. So I am fighting for the sovereignty of my country. I want to build here a sovereign foundation for cyberspace, to protect information and for sovereign discussions that are conducted at any level and in any formats. I want all new rules of the world to be fulfilled, this requires strong sovereignty.

We did this when we decided to resume the common European defense project. After all, this idea appeared in the 50’s. We did not complete this idea to the end. We must continue to work on this strategy, we must work on this at a pan-European level.

I believe in European sovereignty and in the digital space. Today there is an unprecedented EU legislation in this area, which all European players will obey. Once again, this creates the very foundation that helps the people of our countries to trust their government. This also allows us to establish more solid conditions for the development of our business, for the development of the banking and financial sector. We must move forward in order to protect our strategic interests, we have already begun to work on this in order to have financial sovereignty, so that Europe can continue to make its own choice and adhere to this choice. Therefore, we believe that the dialogue that is currently being conducted with our partners is an indispensable link in this common chain.

I believe that another key word in today’s world is cooperation, because trust is possible, if there is a dialogue, if there is an exchange, cooperation, if your partner talks about his choice and actively acts to fulfill this choice. There are, of course, discrepancies, but it is necessary that these discrepancies be visible, transparent, as we have with Russia. We do not disagree, but there are common denominators.”