Quotes by: Jacques Delors

Jacques Delors
President of the European Commission
In office
7 January 1985 – 24 January 1995
Preceded by Gaston Thorn
Succeeded by Jacques Santer
Minister of Finance
In office
22 May 1981 – 17 July 1984
Prime Minister Pierre Mauroy
Preceded by René Monory
Succeeded by Pierre Bérégovoy
Personal details
Born (1925-07-20) 20 July 1925 (age 91)
Paris, France
Political party Socialist Party Party of European Socialists
Religion Roman Catholic

The unions may continue to decline, but if they do, it'll be their fault.
Jacques Delors
These days there are not enough of such intermediary groups, between the state and the individual, with the result that political leaders are often unduly guided by opinion polls.
Jacques Delors
If you don't have collective agreements between unions and employers, governments have to legislate more.
Jacques Delors
Therefore one should speak at the same time of national citizenship and wider European citizenship.
Jacques Delors
The countries that share this conception should be able to go further together, without excluding the others, since they can still live in a greater community of exchange and co-operation.
Jacques Delors
The problem of how we finance the welfare state should not obscure a separate issue: if each person thinks he has an inalienable right to welfare, no matter what happens to the world, that's not equity, it's just creating a society where you can't ask anything of people.
Jacques Delors
Cinema explains American society. It's like a Western, with good guys and bad guys, where the weak don't have a place.
Jacques Delors
Any union that can't accept workers choosing their own representatives through universal franchise is finished.
Jacques Delors
I would not be opposed to devising a new system of pensions, in which one part was based on collective provision, but which also gave incentives for people to take out an additional, personal plan.
Jacques Delors
The unions still have a job to do, representing their members' interests to governments and parliaments. And I think collective agreements still have a role, alongside markets and laws.
Jacques Delors
The European model is in danger if we obliterate the principle of personal responsibility.
Jacques Delors
The problem with a purely collective system is not only that it requires economic growth, and the right sort of demographic trends, but that it prevents people thinking about their futures in a responsible way.
Jacques Delors
We have to struggle against the conservatives from all sides, not only the right-wingers, but also the left-wing conservatives who don't want to change anything.
Jacques Delors
Fundamentally, American society is composed of individuals who don't go out of their way to do each other favours.
Jacques Delors
I had to think whether, after 50 years of hard slog, I was still lucid and fresh enough for the job.
Jacques Delors
This weakening is worsened by the widening distance between the governed and their governments.
Jacques Delors
For me, socialism has always been about liberty and solidarity, but also about responsibility.
Jacques Delors
Even in Britain, the trade unions tell me that employment contracts have less protection than in the past.
Jacques Delors
My presidential victory, if it had happened, would have been artificial in relation to the Socialist party. It may be that on my deathbed, I will come to regret my decision, but for the moment, I live at peace with it.
Jacques Delors
The driving force behind the liberal counter-offensive in Europe has been a reaction against irresponsibility.
Jacques Delors
This desire for equity must not lead to an excess of welfare, where nobody is responsible for anything.
Jacques Delors

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