Considering the ongoing crisis of the Eurozone and the initiatives of the national governments to try and overcome it;
Considering the necessity of European economic governance and of a European united voice in the world;
THE UNION OF EUROPEAN FEDERALISTS (UEF)
the dawning sense of urgency among European governments with the mandate - given to the group formed by the Presidents of the European Council, the Commission, the Eurogroup and the ECB - to open a process that must end up with the realization of a true economic and political union;
President Barroso’s declaration on the intention of the Commission to “present explicit proposals for the necessary Treaty changes ahead of the next European parliamentary election in 2014, including elements for reinforced democracy and accountability”;
Only a Union endowed with a supranational macroeconomic and fiscal power, with institutions that are democratically legitimised and efficient mechanisms which do away with national vetoes can overcome the crisis of the European monetary union and activate an environmentally and socially sustainable European plan for economic development, as demanded by European citizens;
The banking, fiscal, economic and political unions, which governments intend to achieve sequentially, must be brought together in a single federal constitutional pact that contains at the same time a pact on the necessary consolidation of national budgets, the launch of a non-deferrable pact for development, and democratic and federal institutions. This pact must also establish the capacity for international action needed to deal effectively with global challenges.
THAT the starting point of a constituent process that leads to a federal union is the radical overcoming of the unanimity principle. The States which agreed to share their monetary and fiscal sovereignty (the members of the monetary union and those who want to join the EMU) have to decide, through a sort of New Schuman Declaration, to create a federation within the present UE.
Those EU countries not available, for the moment, for the federal choice should of course retain their acquired rights and have the possibility of a subsequent accession to the new federal core.
To achieve the consent of European citizens, the constitutional process of this federal union must be democratic and be launched with MEPs, representatives of the national governments -without veto rights- and the national parliaments of the countries that have decided to initiate it; a convention should be convened as soon as possible with a clear mandate to establish a federal constitution and regulate the relations with the EU countries not yet willing to join the project.
The method of the convention just making a recommendation to an intergovernmental conference must therefore be starkly improved. Acting by majority and in a transparent manner, its conclusions should not be submitted to an IGC again but ratified in a referendum to be held simultaneously in the countries which have participated in its drafting and come into force among the ratifying countries on the basis of the principle of double majority of states and citizens.
Commitments to the construction of a democratic Europe have mostly remained a dead letter whereas key decisions are being made under the aegis of European bodies and institutions that impact European citizens’ daily living conditions (tax, salaries, employment social security, etc.) beyond the framework of the Treaties and the distribution of competences.
IS CONVINCED THAT
European citizens must be fully informed and participate in this constitutional debate, on the occasion of the election campaign. The European elections is the opportunity for political parties to take a stand on the future of the EU and for the European Parliament to launch a constituent process reconnecting democratically legitimate institutions with its citizens (no taxation without representation);
The first steps towards a constitutional process should therefore be taken in 2013 with the elaboration of “Principles for a democratic European Union” on which a constitutional convention should be convened involving also civil society organisations and, ultimately, European citizens. European parties would define clear positions on these proposals, helping thereby a true political election process in 2014.
so far the European Parliament has failed to elaborate any proposal for the reform of the institutions.
THEREFORE CALLS UPON the political groups in the European Parliament
a) to agree within their respective political family in time about a personality to be presented in one of their electorate lists, for the post of President of the European Commission,
b) to declare publicly that their candidate for office as President of the Commission will choose into his/her team of fellow Commissioners at least 50% of candidates who have been elected into the European Parliament,
c) to commit to submit in 2013 a proposal of “Principles for a Democratic European Federation”, including the policies needed for a sustainable European (economic, ecological and social) development plan,
d) to commit that these principles constitute the key elements of a mandate for a “Convention” to start immediately after the European elections whose conclusions shall be submitted to a pan-European referendum and enter into force with a double majority of EU citizens and states and,
e) to obtain, through the organization of inter-parliamentary assizes, the support of as many national parliaments as possible, and
f) to convene a European Citizens’ Assembly with the European Commission, the Council, civil society, local and regional authorities, NGOs which shall draft the first blueprint for the “Principles” in a transparent, truly participatory way (see citizens’ agoras).
To elaborate an appeal to governments, signed by personalities, individuals and organised groups (political parties, trade unions, NGOs, etc.), to launch a constitutional process in the terms and within the timetable stated above and define their position in case some Member States would not agree to such process;
To mobilise those in favour of the European federation among the general public, parliamentary delegations, political parties, economic and social actors, civil society, local administrations, and the world of education and culture;
To create a European Committee and a network of local committees for the European Federation which shall define the policies for which they are needed (in particular, an ecologically and socially sustainable European economic development plan);
To collect the support of those MEPs who are committed to draft the “Principles for a Democratic European Federation” and to promote a European plan for sustainable development;
To elaborate a list of questions to be put to the MEPs, European groups and parties, European governments and publish the results of this consultation as widely as possible, these being the basis for UEF’s 2014 campaign.