In addition, the EESC believes that macro-regional strategies have an increasing role to play in the future of the EU. Strengthening and extending them could help develop a European intermediary level able to bring EU convergence and to achieve the systematic involvement of organised civil society, including the economic and social partners.
Improving the failing architecture of EMU and strengthening economic governance have been at the heart of the EU's crisis strategy over the last few years. Urgency measures to keep EMU afloat have led to a number of developments, but these have resulted from an intergovernmental process of decision-making. It is now important to ensure that these intergovernmental solutions do not become a permanent additional legal framework to the EU Treaties.