12 October, 2008
UEF Strategy Resolution (PC1)

The XXII UEF Congress, gathered in Paris, on October 10-12, 2008,

aware


- that the world political order, based on the UN and the Bretton Woods system, created at the initiative of the United States after the Second World War, is falling into a deep crisis and needs profound reforms in order to take into account the emerging international multi-polar system, which includes new political actors, like the European Union, Russia, Japan, China, India and Brazil;

- that after the end of the Cold War, the creation of the Monetary Union and the enlargement to 27 Member States, the European Union has entered a new phase of its life, since the original problem of creating a peaceful order among European states can be considered as achieved, while the European Union has to face new external challenges, like wars – even at the immediate borders of Europe –, globalisation, international terrorism, world poverty, mass migrations and the threat of a world ecological crisis;

- that all the institutional reforms proposed by national governments, since the Maastricht Treaty (1991) – the Amsterdam Treaty (1997) and the Nice Treaty (2000) – proved to be unsuited to give the European Union an effective capacity to act and to overcome the gap of confidence between the citizens and the European institutions, justifying the eurosceptic propaganda and nourishing a new nationalism;

- that the attempts to improve the Union through the European Constitution (2004) has failed and the Lisbon Treaty (2007) is facing an impasse due to the need to take decisions by unanimity of all member states and due to an increasing divergence of visions among the European leaders on the future of Europe;

- that the resort to national referendums to decide European issues is a democratic nonsense; nobody proposes to organize local referendums to decide national issues; every level of government should have adequate means of decision; if European citizens are to be consulted, the adequate means is a European referendum;

- that the European Union's democratic deficit can be overcome only by the creation of a European Federation with a Constitution and with a government, democratically accountable, and endowed with enough powers to promote the creation of a peaceful and prosperous world order and a sustainable development;

- that the creation of a European Federation cannot simply follow, but can learn from the institutional model of existing federal states, because Europe is not a nation, and the European Federation will have to be a supranational democracy able to express the will of a European federal pluri-national and pluri-cultural people, open to cooperation to all other peoples of the world;

in view of the European election of June 2009

calls upon


- the European parties to designate their candidate for the President of the European Commission, before the next European Parliament elections, because the European citizens have the right to choose a political programme and to know who is responsible to realise it; the popular designation of the President of the Commission is the first step for the transformation of the Commission in a true European government and the creation of a European public space;

- the European Union to ask Ireland to reconsider their position on the Lisbon Treaty, that is of great importance to the European project;

- the Member states which have already ratified the Lisbon Treaty, and the European Commission, to put it into effect before the next European election, even if not all Member states ratified it, and to start to implement parts of it, notably the external action service and to make use of enhanced cooperation;

in view of the creation of a European Federation

calls upon

- the European Parliament and the national governments willing to do so to take an initiative for a European Federation and give a popular mandate to a Constitutional Convention/Assembly to draft a democratic federal Constitution and create a European federal government. European citizens should be fully involved in the constitutional process in order to have a real European debate and avoid national referendums;

asks


the new UEF Federal Committee and Bureau to elaborate practical proposals for a new Campaign to first secure the enter into force of the Lisbon Treaty and for a European federal government and a democratic Constitution, and other punctual urgent initiatives, opening a debate with the Young European Federalists (JEF), the European Movement, the Federalist Intergroup of the European Parliament, organisations of civil society and European citizens on the fundamental challenges Europe is facing today.


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