05 November, 2005
Appeal to the European Parliament, the European Council and to the National Parliaments to re-launch the European Constitutional Process

The Union of European Federalists,

alarmed


by the drift towards euro-scepticism and nationalism which is spreading all over Europe, and by the fact that some political groupings have shamefully given up striving for the creation of the European Federation, pursued by the founding fathers in the aftermath of WW II;

believing

- that the draft European Constitution is the symbol of a political community in the making and a first step towards a European Federal Government, which is necessary for securing a sustainable development, the creation of new jobs, the ability of the EU to speak with one voice to the world, peace, cooperation with the poorest peoples for their development, and safeguarding the environment of the planet;

- that the negative result of the French and Dutch referendums on the European Constitution represents a protest of the citizens of those countries against their governments and the present EU, for its democratic deficit and its inefficiency, rather than the refusal of European Constitution and the project of a European Federation;

considering


 - that a wider debate about Europe is needed in order to engage with the citizens and pave the way towards a future Federal Europe;

- that it is the duty of the European Parliament, the only body which legitimately represents European citizens, to listen to them, and to propose to the Governments how to overcome the present stalemate of the constitution;

- that a majority of the EU member states comprising a majority of European citizens have already ratified the Constitution;

- that in order for the current ratification to continue, changes to the ratification method have to be made.

demands

- the European Council to agree that the constitution should step into force automatically after the ratification of 4/5 of member states representing the majority of the European citizens;

- the European Parliament to convene, as soon as possible, Parliamentary Fora (Assises), made up by delegates of the European Parliament and the national Parliaments, in order to re-launch the constitutional process with the contribution of the active forces of European society; the Parliamentary Fora shall

a) debate the citizens' concerns and the major political questions that emerged in the course of the national ratification campaigns like the European social and economic model and Europe's role in the world;

b) listen to the proposals of the organizations of European civil society on how to proceed with the European project;

c) present no later than at the end of 2007 a proposal on how the European Constitution should be improved and enter into force;

d) propose a European-wide consultative ballot on the improved European Constitution in parallel to the next European Parliament elections in 2009.

- the national Parliaments to support the initiative of the European Parliament to re-launch the constitutional process and possibly to host a session of the Parliamentary Forum.

Passed by the UEF Federal Committee in Brussels, 5-6 November 2005




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