Challenge for Europe

Europe is founded on the principle of subsidiarity. The fear of losing power held by numerous member states has led them to give the European Union a limited list of competencies. Paradoxically, this process reinforced the exclusive role of the market economy in the governance of the Union. Other modes of governance are developing pragmatically according to the principal of open concertation. No problem in European society can be resolved at a single level and this leads to the need for multilevel governance. To allow for its development, we must found European governance on the principle of active subsidiarity.

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The author, Pierre Calame, French, was a civil servant at the Ministry of Infrastructure between 1968 and 1988 where he occupied various posts of responsibility at the territorial, central, and international level. Since 1988, he has directed the Charles Leopold Mayer foundation for the Progress of Man, a Swiss foundation with an international calling. A specialist of governance, he notably has written: l’Etat au Coeur with André Talmant (Desclée de Brouwer, 1997) on the reform of the state; la Démocratie en Miettes: Pour une Révolution de la Gouvernance (Descartes and CIE and ECLM, 2003) which proposed that governance be re-rooted in the universal principals that emerge from experience; and Essaie sur l’Oeconomie (ECLM, 2009) which proposes the rethinking of the economy starting with common principles of governance.

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