11 November, 2007
Resolution on the Lisbon Reform Treaty

Passed by the Federal Committee meeting in Prague, November 10-11, 2007

Bearing in mind that the Heads of State and Government reached a political agreement on a new Reform Treaty on 19 October 2007 in Lisbon,

UEF welcomes:

- the end to the institutional impasse in which the European Union has found itself for more than six years;

- the preservation of the most important institutional reforms foreseen by the Constitutional Treaty;

UEF welcomes in particular:

- the legally binding force of the Charter of Fundamental Rights and the legal basis for the accession of the Union to the European Convention on Human Rights;

- the election of the President of the European Commission (upon proposal by the European Council ) and of  the High Representative by the European Parliament;

- the strengthened role of the European Parliament as equal co-legislator of European law-making – introducing co-decision as principal legislative procedure;

- that qualified majority voting, i.e. 55% of the states representing 65% of the population, becomes the general rule in the Council from 2014 onwards;

- the progress made in CFSP, namely the creation of the position of a High Representative for Foreign Affairs, as well as the creation of an External Action Service;

- the installation of a permanent President of the European Council, who will be elected for periods of two and a half years;

- the introduction of participatory democracy through the one million citizens’ initiative that asks the Commission to discuss a proposal for European legislation;

- the introduction of a clearer division of competences;

- the single legal personality of the Union;

- the introduction of the Convention method as the new Treaty revision method;

UEF regrets:

- the giving up of the term ‘European Constitution’, especially when taking into consideration the results of the spring Eurobarometer-survey, which indicated that two thirds of Europeans (66%) support to the idea of the European Constitution;

- the use only of the intergovernmental method to save the content of the European Constitution;

- the loss of clarity of the text which might be only partially overcome by presenting a consolidated version of the treaties;

- the elimination of the European symbols and anthem from the treaty text;

- the exclusion from the treaty text of the Charter of Fundamental Rights to which the treaty text will only refer to in the version that will have been solemnly proclaimed by the EU institutions on 12 December 2007;

- the giving up of the title of Minister of Foreign Affairs;

- the loss of clarity in the denomination of EU-legislation, going back to the earlier and opaque terms "regulations, directives and decisions", and the sheer denial of a long-time acquis, the supremacy of EU law, which will be transferred from the treaty text to a protocol

- the numerous delays in implementing the institutional reforms effectively starting only in 2014 or even 2017;

- the weakened status of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in the UK and Poland and the opt-outs in the area of  Justice and Home Affairs for the UK and Ireland;

- that any single Member State can put an end to the ratification process

UEF therefore:

- acknowledges the institutional improvements proposed by the Lisbon Reform Treaty, and is convinced that the proposed reforms are necessary for a better running of the EU of today and tomorrow;

- points out that this Treaty lags significantly behind the Constitutional Treaty and our federalist ambition of a federal European Constitution;

- will thus use the opportunity of the ratification debate to inform the European citizens on the Federalists positions on the Lisbon Reform Treaty, and its failure to give clear orientation towards the aim of a real European Federation;

- invites its member organisations, private and public institutions and organisations to continue making use of the European symbols;

- welcomes and supports in this context the intention of the German government to add a declaration to the Lisbon Reform Treaty, stating that in Germany the European Symbols will be used now as before; all other EU countries are encouraged to join this initiative;

- asks national parliaments to condition their ratification of the new Treaty on committing their respective government to engage further in the Constitutionalisation of the EU,

- is of the opinion that problems that might appear in the ratification process in some member states must be overcome, if a vast majority of member states, representing the majority of EU citizens, has ratified;

- asks all political actors and institutions to support the initiative of the European Parliament for further democratic reform of the EU after the 2009 European elections;

- demands to overcome the unanimity principle for future Treaty or constitutional changes

UEF urges:

- its Bureau, FC and all sections to make use of the new provisions embedded in the new treaty for the 2009 EP election campaign. UEF notably encourages the European political parties to put forward their candidate for the President of the Commission;

- its Bureau and all its sections to start the discussion on a new campaign to reach the Federalists’ goal of a European Federation based on a federal Constitution and a European government


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