02 July, 2006
Resolution on the European constitutional process

The XXI. UEF European Congress, Vienna, 30 June-2 July 2006

considering

that the European Parliament has organized the first Parliamentary meeting on the Future of Europe, in Brussels, on 8-9th May, in which the great majority of the 225 members of national and European Parliaments was in favor of relaunching the constitutional process, interrupted after the negative referendum referenda in France and the Netherlands;

that the Finnish Parliament proposes to organize a new Parliamentary meeting on the 4-5th December, in Brussels, introducing in that way in the European agenda the idea that the representatives of the European citizens, at the national and European level, have the right and the duty to make proposals on the future of the European Constitution;

that the European Council agreed to entrust to the German Presidency, for in the first half of 2007, with the task to make a proposal on the future of the Constitution and setting 2009 as an end date for ratification;

that the majority of States and of citizens of the European Union have already ratified the Constitutional Treaty;

that, since all the European heads of State and Government of the European Union have in 2004 signed the Constitutional Treaty in Rome in 2004, the countries in which the ratification procedure has not yet been implemented, have the duty to initiate it;

that the Constitutional Treaty was planned in order to give the European citizens a more democratic and more effective Europe;

believes

that it is an illusion to think that a more democratic and more effective Europe can be built without a European Constitution;

asks

the European Parliament to claim the democratic right of the representatives of the European citizens, which have already participated in drafting the Constitutional Treaty in the European Convention, to take part in every future change of the Constitutional Treaty;

the European Council to entrust a new European Convention, to be convened in 2008, with the mandate to amend the Constitutional Treaty;

stresses

that the amended Constitutional Treaty should be submitted to a European-wide consultative ballot (a European-wide referendum), at the same time as the next European parliamentary elections in 2009, so as to give a popular verdict to the outcome of the Convention;

that the Constitutional Treaty should enter into force, after the European consultative ballot, if a double majority of citizens and states approves it;

that the countries voting against the Constitutional Treaty should have a second chance to accept the Constitutional Treaty;

reaffirms

that the democratic deficit of the European Union will not be overcome until the veto right in the Council is not abolished and the majority rule is not accepted as the general principle of the Constitutional Treaty;

that the European Union needs a democratic government, with limited but effective powers, both in foreign and security policy and in economic and budgetary policy;

that, in any case, the Constitutional Treaty should provide the possibility for a group of countries to abolish the veto right among them;

that, without a European government, the European Union cannot speak with a single voice to the world, in order to build a more secure and peaceful world, to contribute to overcome the gap between rich and poor countries and to launch a plan for the sustainable development of the Earth;

decides

to entrust the incoming Federal Committee and the incoming European Bureau with the task to draft a short text including the main strategic lines put forward in this resolution, in order to start, as soon as possible, a new phase of the Campaign for a Federal Constitution, focused on the European consultative ballot in 2009, in alliance with the organizations of civil society and all political parties which support the aim of a European Federation;

invites


the JEF, in which the hope for a better and united Europe is especially alive, to join the UEF in this new phase of the Campaign in order to struggle more effectively against the forces of Euroscepticism and nationalism which  are today smothering the federalist project.


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