"Solidarity that unites" and "cooperation that strengthens"
António Vitorino answers to the six following questions :
1 – The European Council's agenda includes a number of major decisions on the banking union project : what can we reasonably expect in that connection?
2 – This European Council is also going to have to take a more concrete stance on the social dimension of the EMU : what are the issues primarily at stake, in your view?
3 – Do you think that the European Council should embrace the notion of "contractual arrangements" and financial aid for countries committing to structural reform?
4 - Should the European Council send out specific signals to "countries under programmes", some of which are due to return to the markets in 2014?
6 – In your view, what are the main obstacles standing in the way of a strengthening of European defence, and what are the right ways and means to overcome those obstacles?