How does the EU do politics? You can best see it in a speech that Maritime Affairs Commissioner Damanaki held to today in Lisbon.
The speech starts with a big announcement:
“… the Atlantic plays a critical role in Europe’s history and identity. It is of vital importance for EU trade and contains tremendous potentials for the future development of Europe.
It was time to act and to offer new perspectives for this sea basin. The Maritime Strategy for the Atlantic region is our response.“
Then it continues with an ambitious timeline promising swift results:
“What can we expect from the Atlantic Ocean in 2020 if our proposal is in place? Can we make a difference in nine years time? I believe we can.“
And then it destroys it with bureaucratic self-entertainment:
“… we will set up an Atlantic Forum. It will gather opinions, digest them and deliver an Action Plan fo [sic] the beginning of 2013. The Action Plan must have concrete ideas for turning our vision into reality.“
So the strategy is to have a new forum. The ambitious timeline means that out of the nine years to deliver the results, one further year is need to first create a new consultative structure that (hopefully) will be able to come up with a plan that may then start to be implemented in 2013.
That doesn’t sound like a bold strategy, that sounds like delaying tactics.
And nowhere in the speech there is any reference to what added value the EU has in all this, which things should be dealt with on the national or regional level instead of wasting time on the EU level with issues the Union doesn’t have the funds and structures to deal with – proven by the necessity for a new Forum.
That’s not EU politics, that’s EU waste of time – and one can already see it in the speech.