06 June, 2011
Federalists assess state of the Union: "European Council in Denial about Risk to Unity"
The Union of European Federalists, meeting at the level of its Bureau in Brussels on 4 June, debated the continuing crisis of the eurozone, economic governance, the reform of the European Parliament and the future of the Schengen Accord. In a statement after the meeting UEF President Andrew Duff said:

“Europe continues to slither almost unwittingly into a fiscal union. A fiscal union without strong economic government is an improbable thing, defying logic and endangering democracy. Taxpayers and voters need to know who’s in charge, and who is responsible at which level for decisions which affect their daily lives. Unfortunately the European Council is in denial about what is happening. They should pay heed to the message of Jean-Claude Trichet that the EU needs a Ministry of Finance to oversee the conduct of policy in the eurozone.

“The gradual installation of economic governance demands a response from the European Parliament, whose political legitimacy is still weak. The UEF finds it deplorable that many national political parties seem unable to accept the logic of deeper integration and resist electoral reform, the creation of pan-European lists and the rapid development of European political parties. If the next elections remain as dislocated and as nationally orientated as they have been in the past, Parliament will lose its hard-won credibility.

“UEF deplores the over-reaction of several EU states to the refugees from the Maghreb. The Arab revolution, which promises so much in the way of peace, freedom and justice, must not to be used as an excuse to wreck the Schengen agreement. Free movement of persons is one of the great achievements of the European Union, and we call on Presidents Barroso and Van Rompuy to defend the principle and the practice with determination.

“Lastly, the UEF warmly welcomes the arrest of Ratko Mladic, which event opens up a happier perspective for the Western Balkans.”

The UEF Bureau continued its discussions on how best to use the European Citizens’ Initiative. It discussed the Arab revolution and Europe’s reaction to events in the Middle East. It reaffirmed its commitment to collaborate closely with the Spinelli Group in the European Parliament, the International European Movement, as well as other non-governmental organizations.


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