05 November, 2016
Resolution on further European integration
Adopted by the UEF Federal Committee, 5 November 2016, Cologne

The UEF Federal Committee, meeting in Cologne on 5 November 2016, considering that Europe

- is still jeopardised by multiple crises that are threatening its existence and the political project of peace and integration that it embodies;
- has still not recovered from the prolonged economic and financial crisis, nor it has succeeded in successfully dealing with the refugee emergency and the problem of domestic security;

conscious that

- the root of the difficulties the EU is having in coping with these crises lies in the fact that its current system of government has proved to be inadequate, as the disappointing results  of the last European Council meetings have confirmed;
- only by building political unity
– i.e. an effective, democratic and accountable system of government at the European level – can Europe become strong enough to guarantee European citizens’ future, both in terms of internal and external security and with regards to growth, employment and social welfare;
- after the Brexit referendum, an institutional reform formalising a two-tier European Union has become more and more necessary;

urges national and European institutions

- to promote, within the existing Treaties, further political co
- ordination among the EU countries to face the refugees crisis, the internal and external security affairs, and to promote the economic plans to foster growth, sustainable development and employment;
- to launch, without any delay, a new phase of integration going beyond the existing Treaties in order to preserve the Union’s achievements and to solve the institutional instability the UK referendum has created. This new phase would be needed to consolidate the economic and monetary union into a political union
– enabling to build a truly European sovereignty, creating a federal system of coordinated and independent levels of government
– and to overcome the current deficit in efficiency, democracy and accountability,

calls on European institutions to address the essential questions which will reassure European citizens and that cannot be solved by the action of the Member States alone, in particular:

- security policy, including the fight against terrorism;
- the  securing  of  external  borders  and  a  strengthened  institutional  cooperation  between  the  security services of the Member States;
- tackling  the  root  causes  of  migration  through  inter  alia  a  reinforcement  and  better  coordination  of development policies;
- the revision of a failed asylum regime (Dublin Regulations) towards a solidarity
- based EU asylum system;
- the fight against unemployment, especially of young people, inter alia, by enhanced impulse to growth;
- the introduction of a European fiscal capacity to relieve the national unemployment schemes;
- supporting  local  initiatives  that  address  the  problem  of  youth  unemployment  and  implementing  the Youth Guarantee to halve youth unemployment by 2020;
- the direct consultation and participation of youth representatives in acts of the European Union (eg Youth Forum.);
- strengthening programs to promote awareness of Europe, such as Erasmus+ and new projects such as Free InterRail;
- promoting  dialogue  between  young  people  and  decision-makers  on  the  development  of  the  internal market in the areas of Digital Economy, Energy and Services;
- the fight against tax evasion and tax avoidance;
- to use Treaty changes which are necessary due to the outcome of the referendum on United Kingdom’s EU-membership in any case, to develop the European Union, and to overcome the existing intergovernmental agreements by including them in a new and more effective and democratically controlled ordinary law system. The 73 British seats in the European Parliament are to be converted into seats for transnational lists for the purposes of cross-border voting system.

Calls on

- the national governments and parliaments of the key Eurozone countries to take the initiative to link the above mentioned necessary implementation of all the policies aimed at clawing citizens’ trust and consensus back together with the opening of a process of revision of the Treaties;
- the European Commission to accelerate the implementation of the Five Presidents’ report;
- the European Parliament to approve the Bresso-Brok report on 'improving the functioning of the European Union building on the potential of the Lisbon Treaty', the Verhofstadt report on ‘the possible evolutions and adjustments of the current institutional set up of the European Union’, (both under discussion by the Constitutional Affairs Committee of the European Parliament), and the Böge-Berès report on the creation of ‘a budgetary capacity for the Eurozone’ (under  discussion  by  the  Economic Affairs Committee and the Budget Committee of the European Parliament), to lay down the roadmap to be followed in order to promote the starting of the creation of a true political union;
- the pro-Europe components of the society, the political parties, and the public opinion, to become a driving force in the process of European unification.


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