19 November, 2012
Resolution on the free movement of persons
Adopted by the UEF Federal Committee on 17 November 2012


-          The free movement of persons laid down in Article 26 TFEU is a fundamental principle of the European Union and the abolition of internal border controls in the Schengen-Area is one of the most important achievements of the European integration;


-          Mobility and free movement of persons within the whole EU are vital to the completion of the Single market and the proper deepening of the Economic and monetary union which are the main instruments for boosting growth and jobs in the EU as well as enhancing EU competitiveness on the global trade scene;


-          The free movement of persons furthermore constitutes a political right that is not confined to economic activities only and is a conditio sine qua non for the establishment of a political union;


-          Obstacles-creating deficiencies of the Schengen acquis and its application can constitute a serious threat to EU citizens' security and the proper functioning of the Single market;


-          As proclaimed in its resolution from 22 April 2012, the UEF Federal Committee has welcomed the amended proposal of the European Commission from 16 September 2011 for a regulation on the establishment of an evaluation and monitoring mechanism to verify the application of the Schengen acquis  as a right step in the federal direction;


-          The Schengen area reform process has not been completed yet and it should not affect the conditions under which countries, that have fulfilled the accession criteria, are admitted to the area free of internal border controls;


-          At its meeting on 7 June 2012, the Council of Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs was in a position to decide on a change of the legal basis of the abovementioned Commission proposal from Article 77 (2)(e) to Article 70 TFEU, thus excluding the European Parliament  from the policy reform process and reinforcing  the intergovernmental approach on Schengen governance;

The Federal Committee of the Union of European Federalists

-          regrets the decision of the Council to depart from the Community method contravening the principles of solidarity, democratic control and accountability, and effectively excluding EU citizens from the policy reform process, which directly affects their job opportunities and hampers the exercise of rights guaranteed under the EU treaties;


-          is convinced that the institutional challenges inherent to the EU decision making process in the field of free movement of persons require a sound federalist response and therefore the 2013 UEF Manifesto should clearly express the UEF position on the matter;


calls upon the President and the Executive Bureau to actively engage in this particular institutional and policy debate that is crucial to the success of the further political integration of the European Union.

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