European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has “torpedoed” Prime Minister David Cameron’s planned timetable for renegotiating EU treaties by scrapping a key paper on the future of the Eurozone, The Telegraph reports.
According to the report, Juncker was instructed last year to prepare an “analytical note” setting out plans for “stronger economic policy coordination, convergence and solidarity” for discussion by EU leaders. However, a senior diplomat told The Telegraph the paper will no longer be published amid fears it would spark speculation over future treaty change.
Cameron is said to have viewed the paper as an important “staging post” in signalling his plans for renegotiation could be delivered as part of treaty reform without disrupting the smooth functioning of the EU.
Delivering a new settlement with Europe will form a central plank of Cameron’s argument for remaining within the trading bloc ahead of a planned referendum in 2017.