After the European elections. What to do for a united, fair and democratic Europe The European Movements in (Italy, Spain, France…..)
The European Movements in (Italy, Spain, France…..) have discussed the results of the last European elections and have reached the following conclusions:
- The participation of the EU citizens has been grown up in quite all the 28 European countries showing the greater interest on the European dimension and on the future of European Union
- After a large media campaign on the potential and growing influence of the nationalist movements, the pro-Europeans have maintained a large majority in the EP and the three nationalist groups (ECR, EFDD, ENF) have only slightly increased their weight. It seems very difficult that they could reach a common strategy and in any case their weight will decrease considerably after the Brexit
- It should be acknowledged that the Liberals (ALDE) and the Greens (EFA) have substantially improved their representativeness at the EP which is why – along the EPP and the S&D – they should be part of the broad majority that could express the vote of confidence to the new European Commission.
- The implementation of Spitzenkandidaten method, introduced by the European political parties in 2014, must consider the new situation in the EP and the equilibrium between the political groups. Adopting the Spitzenkandidaten method, the European political parties have however ignored their duty “to form the European political awareness and to express the will of European citizens” via true European political programs (art. 10.4 TEU).
European Movements in (Italy, Spain, France…..) have adopted the following proposals:
- Are committed on the fact that the European system must evolve in the direction of a parliamentary federal government as a main element of a constituent process, interrupting the intergovernmental drift, in view to respect this principle of the treaty “the functioning of the Union is founded on the representative democracy” (art. 10.1 TEU)
- Strongly support the democratic need that the new President of the Commission has to be chosen and elect by a large majority in the EP respecting the content of the Declaration n° 11 of the Treaty of Lisbon related to the article 17.7 TEU “representatives of the EP and of the European Council consult each other, before the decision of the European Council, on the profile of the new President to take into account the European elections”. In this framework the names of the Spitzenkandidaten and their engagements during the electoral campaign could be an added value but not necessarily could constitute an obligation to nominate the candidate expressed by the party having reached a relative majority of the votes and/or the seats
- Are committed on the fact that, prior to the names, it’s important that a large majority of the EP reach an agreement on the main elements of a strategic agenda 2019-2024 including at least: I. concrete engagements on the Agenda 2030, the implementation of the SDGs and the respect of the Paris Agreements, the revision of the economic governance instruments – starting from the Growth and Stability Pact of 1997 up to subsequent agreements adopted after 2011 (Six Pack, Two Pack, Fiscal Compact and European Semester) – radically revised in light of a rigorous, comprehensive analysis of their social costs together with the effects of public finance constraints regarding current and capital accounts ; III. the adoption of a Social Compact with a full and binding implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights adopted in Goteborg creating the condition for a renewed social dialogue; IV. an ambitious quinquennial European budget founded on own resources to assure the allocation of European public goods, effective measures to promote the convergence and reduce inequalities, stability mechanisms; V. the revision of the Dublin Agreement on migration and asylum – with mandatory resettlement programs, on the basis of the amendments proposed by the EP – and a change of course in the relationships with the third countries based on the respect of fundamental rights and human dignity ; VI. a Euro-Mediterranean policy that can guarantee peace, security and solidarity within the Region, renewing the idea of a “ring of friends”; VII. a new juridical instrument on the respect of the Rule of Law; VIII. the qualified majority vote on CFSP, a EU single voice in the international organizations and the respect of the article 36 TEU establishing that the position of the EP is taken in due consideration by the High Representative of the EU for CFSP in the execution of the European Council’s decisions; IX. consequently the strengthen of EU role in a globalized world in the framework of a multilateral approach leaving from the trade policy as an EU exclusive competence
- point out the fact that the composition of the new Commission must be coherent with the political majority expressed in the EP being one of the two elements for the vote of confidence (strategic agenda and composition). In this framework, support the idea that the Council should suggest a shortlist (respecting the gender balance) for each country leaving to the President the choice of the members of the Commission, in view of the hearings in front of the EP, and their “minister” portfolios. Finally, the implementation of the art. 17.5 TEU establishing a composition of the Commission with a number of members corresponding to 2/3 of the MSs could help the political coherence between the majority in the EP and the Commission.
European Movements in (Italy, Spain, France…..)have decided to reiterate their demands on:
- A budget for the Eurozone countries founded on an autonomous fiscal capacity and detailed in three main areas: I. a plan of public resources to assure an Ecological transition and long-term investments on research, technology, energy and social public goods; II. an instrument to contribute to the fight against unemployment; III. a European external borders control force for people and goods on the basis of the articles 33 and 77 TFEU respecting the principles and humanitarian standards of the European treaties and the international conventions.
- The opening of a constituent process on the initiative of the Eurozone MEPs to achieve the federal finality of the European integration and to pass from the EU to a Federal Community. In this framework supports the proposal of European parliamentary assizes to be organized in France on the seventieth anniversary of the Schuman Declaration opened to the dialogue with representative associations and civil society.