The number of “Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Practice” (SLAPP) against journalists, civil society actors and other people active in the public sphere is on the rise in Europe. Resource-rich individuals, organisations and public authorities bring proceedings in relation to public participation that are fully or partially unfounded in order to silence their critics. These lawsuits restrict the liberty of speech and democracy in Europe. Fighting SLAPP is an important contribution to protecting European values and preserving European democracy.

The European Commission has adopted a recommendation and a legislative proposal for a directive to protect journalists, civil society actors and other people against SLAPP. This will enable judge to dismiss manifestly unfounded lawsuits, force plaintiffs to cover the costs for court proceeding and pay compensation for damages and foresees additional protective measures. While the Commission proposal is quite advanced, much will depend on Member States’ due implementation of the new provisions, once they are in force. The EESC’s opinion on the Commission proposal is currently under discussion.

Welcome

  • Anna ECHTERHOFF, Secretary-General of the Union of European Federalists
  • Tomasz WRÓBLEWSKI, EESC Rapporteur on the “Initiative against abusive litigation targeting journalists and rights defenders”, Adviser, Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers

Panellists

  • Sandro GOZI, Member of the European Parliament, President of the Union of European Federalists
  • Tomasz WRÓBLEWSKI, EESC Rapporteur on the “Initiative against abusive litigation targeting journalists and rights defenders”, Adviser, Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers
  • Christian MOOS, Secretary-General of Europa-Union Deutschland (German section of UEF) and EESC Co-Rapporteur on the “Initiative against abusive litigation targeting journalists and rights defenders”
  • Camille PETIT, Communications & Project Officer, European Federation of Journalists

Moderator

  • Julian PLOTTKA, University of Passau and University of Bonn

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PC3 on Common Foreign and Security Policy has created a room for debate among Federal Committee members, National Section representatives, Executive Board on ongoing dramatic situation in Ukraine.

Speakers were Carlo Maria Palermo, Chair of PC3, Sandro Gozi, MEP and President of UEF, Hanna Shelest, Director of Security Programmes, Foreign Policy Council "Ukrainian Prism", Odessa, Prof. Dimitrios TRIANTAPHYLLOU, Deputy.

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WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBER: UEF KOSOVO

During the Federal Committee Meeting of the UEF in July, the application for membership of the Kosovar section was confirmed! We warmly welcome our federalist friends from UEF Kosovo and are looking forward to our cooperation!

Here below is the welcome speech by UEF President Sandro Gozi

After two years in online mode, it is now time to find the way back to the meetings in presence.

The online meetings have enabled us to meet and to keep our network alive even during the peak phases of the pandemic and we can be thankful for these technical opportunities. However online meetings cannot replace the so valuable personal encounters, discussions, and exchanges. 

We sincerely thank the Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the European Union and the  House of European History for making their venues available for the Federal Committee of UEF!

Invitation letter

The agenda (08.07.2022)

Minutes

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Abstract

MAKE EUROPE BLOOM: the Time is Now! (project website: https://bit.ly/MakeEuropeBloom) is a project organised by the Union of European Federalists and co-funded by the European Parliament.

This project is being carried out in the context of a political campaign at both European and national levels to raise awareness on the importance of the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE), as a framework in which to advance the reforms that can create the conditions and changes that citizens are demanding.

Officially launched on Europe Day 2021 together with our Appeal "Our Federal Europe: sovereign and democratic"MAKE EUROPE BLOOM: the Time is Now! is carrying out activities in different European cities. Murals are being created until June 2022 all across Europe.

Building on President of the Commission Ursula von der Leyen’s 2020 State of the Union speech, this project is also contributing to setting up the new European Bauhaus by mirroring citizens’ feelings on Europe through art.

In order to meet our innovative approach, we count on renown urban artists that accompany us to the locations helping us to make Europe bloom with their art. Our idea is based on replicating a series of the large-scale “The Future is Europe” mural on Rue de la Loi in the European neighbourhood of Brussels. This time, the murals are being drawn in places where EU-related conversations do not normally happen.

The Union of European Federalists, in collaboration with the European Parliament's Intergroup The Spinelli Group, is delighted to invite you to an Evening Debate on European sovereignty.

The very concept of sovereignty has become problematic in an interdependent world where many issues are beyond the control of states. Therefore, the question of where sovereignty rests and how to guarantee it to citizens is intertwined with the European project.
 
States show to be unable to act effectively in many fields of public life. Their desire to maintain exclusive control of sovereignty at the national level has become obsolete and contradictory. It becomes even clearer as the idea of empires re-emerges on the world stage and considering the attempts against democracy in the Western countries, as recent American and European political events show.

How can Europe ensure that its citizens can “take back control” over their destiny and the governance of major issues? What is the federalist approach to sovereignty? Can new European Treaties change the way sovereignty is shared? Ultimately, where does European sovereignty lie?
 
To answer these questions, we invited:

  • Gabriele BISCHOFF MEP (S&D), board member of the Spinelli Group;
  • Gwendoline DELBOS-CORFIELD MEP (Greens/EFA), Board member of the Spinelli Group ;
  • Sandro GOZI MEP (Renew), President of the UEF, Chairman of the Spinelli Group;
  • Nicolas LERON, Associate researcher at the Cevipof and OFCE, Sciences Po Paris. Author of Souveraineté, l'obsession des nations;
  • Moderator: Dr Nana WALZER, Journalist, University Lecturer, Chairwoman of europe:united,

Please register to this event: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfSVxST3dRcIJS3tEuaD0V0m5raVy18TFPP1Lz-tQmSFlPreQ/viewform 

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WELCOME TO UEF KOSOVO BY SANDRO GOZI by European Federalists

From Creation to Dissemination

1. PRE-PRODUCTION: an online survey is distributed to local and intergenerational participants, local artists and those who wish to participate in this activity through our national sections and partners. Artists then create something from the results of the survey;

2. PRODUCTION: the mural is finalised with the participation of locals. UEF liaises with local authorities, EP (liaison) offices, chambers of commerce and local private entities in order to place the murals in the most effective and visible places.

Venues that host the murals are visited by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), national decision makers and representatives from civil society. A cross-party group of MEPs, especially members of UEF Europe and The Spinelli Group in the European Parliament, and those from the country or region concerned are encouraged to participate in each local event.

A final report will be written and translated into English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and the local languages of the events. The final content will be shared and disseminated in our network. Likewise, we plan to organise an exhibition in the European Parliament with the graphic content from this project, making into a virtual exhibition on our website.

Doing so will not we only bring Conference on the Future of Europe (#CoFoE) debates to locations where they do not normally take place, it will also serve our organisation, huge networks of our own sections, our partner CSOs, and the European Parliament to identify citizens’ political needs and how to communicate them better in the EU bubble.

Rainer Wieland, MEP and President of the Europa-Union Deutchland (EUD), attended the constituent meeting of the Executive Board of the UEF Kosovo on 26 May in the Europahaus in Pristina as a guest of honour and participant in the discussion. Here below some photos of that events.

The first General Assembly meeting  elected the Executive Board: 

  1. Emrush Ujkani - President 
  2. Era Jashari - Vice President
  3. Rina Mehana - Secretary General 
  4. Granit Terrnava - member of the Board
  5. Alban Kryeziu - member of the Board 

For more contacts; uef.kosovo@gmail.com / +383 49 887 666 

The murals

The four murals are painted in: 

  • Valencia, Spain by Antonio Marest: for this we had an exceptional location - one of the façades of the Museo Faller. The mural is perfectly visible from the City of Arts and Sciences, as it is located just 500 meters from this emblematic enclave for Valencia and it will be inaugurated during the UEF Congress in Valencia.
  • Strasburg, France by Antonio Marest: in the heart of the Esplanade campus of the University of Strasbourg and  it will be inaugurated to the public on 9 May 2022, Europe Day and end of the Conference on the Future of Europe.
  • Tartu, Estonia by Anastasiia Lemberg-Lvova in cooperation with Tartu-based start-up Robot Muralist, and it will painted at the school's façade and presented to the public on May 2022.
  • Lublin, Poland by Volodymyr Manzhosin the “Krakowskie Przedmieście” street (ulica Jasna 3) and it will be inaugurated to the public on June 2022.
THE FOUNDATION OF UEF KOSOVO by European Federalists

9 - 10 JULY 2022 - THE FEDERAL COMMITTEE

The Union of European Federalists (UEF)  held its Federal Committee in presence on 9 and 10 July in Brussels at the Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia  to the European Union and at the House of European History.

The political introduction by the President, Sandro Gozi (MEP) was followed by a political debate on the topic After the Conference on the Future of Europe: The work continues! with the President, Sandro Gozi (MEP) and the Vice-Presidents Markus Ferber (MEP) and Domènec Ruiz Devesa (MEP) as well as the Professor Giulia Rossolillo (EB-Member), moderated by Julian Plottka, Chair of PC 1. After that the FC members and observers further discussed the political items in the respective Political Commissions.

The Federal Committee  adopted  two Resolutions and a Statement

The Resolution presented by the Political Commissions on Institutional Affairs (PC1) and the Political Commission on Rule of Law, Values, and European cohesion (PC2) explores the idea of a Europe of concentric circles, a proposal against the political blockages and status quo. The Resolution presented by the Political Commission of Foreign and Security (PC3) policies advocates for the creation of a federal union for Europe to finally assume continental geopolitical responsibility. 

UEF’s Statement voted on Sunday 10 June calls on the EU member states to initiate the process to create a federal, sovereign and democratic Europe, through the launch of a Convention and reform of the Treaties.

The Resolutions and the Statement can be found below:

Furthermore, the Federal Committee has decided to admit the UEF Kosovo as a new section. We warmly welcome our federalist friends from UEF Kosovo and are looking forward to our cooperation!

WELCOME TO by European Federalists

The Secretary General, Anna Echterhoff, reported on the activities of the UEF in 2022 and the commitment and initiatives  of the UEF within the Conference on the Future of Europe. The UEF Activity Report for 2021 was also presented.

Activity Report 2021 by European Federalists

Impressive was also the reports from the sections about their activities in the recent months.

FC UEF Brussels II day by European Federalists
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