Yves Bertoncini on Public Service Europe : "The search for EU's new frontiers"
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The European Union was born almost 20 years ago, a product of the Maastricht treaty and the re-birth of the old European Economic Community which was established in the 1950s. It is now facing, at the same time, a post-teenage and a midlife crisis – quite a big existential challenge, for sure, made up of a series of smaller ones. In such a context, it is essential to see "far and wide" - answering the invitation of Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa.
It is tempting to summarise these challenges by saying that the EU is looking for a new frontier, the concept made famous by John F Kennedy in 1960 in an attempt to give a new vision and breath to his country. This new frontier could be found in the role the EU plays in globalisation – but also in the way that being a member of the EU can be perceived as a useful specificity. Unsurprisingly, the challenges linked to the definition of the EU's borders are significant in this regard."