Brussels, 16 December 2020
Sandro Gozi, UEF President, before today's European Parliament's Plenary Session, welcomed the European Commission's President, Ursula von der Leyen's confirmation and commitment to a more vigorous implementation and enforcement of Rule of Law Regulation in the EU from January 2021.
"I don't know whether there is a vaccine or antidote for populism and nationalism, but I am convinced that democracy and the Rule of Law are as vital as the air we breathe—and there is a democratic emergency within our Union. In situations of emergency, measures are needed. Therefore, we call for immediate implementation of the regulation on the Rule of Law", UEF President Sandro Gozi says. "This is an unprecedented step forward and, as federalists, one of our main goals to be achieved. The EU member states must implement the Treaties, the European law, and that the EU institutions have to ensure that EU Member states fulfil their obligations without postponements, without suspensions, without further intentions or guidelines".
"By defending the Treaty obligations before the Council, we are not only defending the Rule of Law within the Union and the Rule of Law of the Union, but we are also protecting the freedoms of 447 million European citizens," remarked Sandro Gozi, in his speech, addressing the President of the European Commission.
"We must put an end to the unanimous decisions and the threats of veto. This is only one more reason to start the Conference on the future of Europe as soon as possible," UEF President Sandro Gozi concluded earlier today.