CIVIL SOCIETY DAYS | 1-5 March 2021

Dear federalist friends,

As a civil society organisation we are sending this email to involve you in the CIVIL SOCIETY DAYS 2021, organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), fully online from 1 to 5 March 2021.

The online round of events Civil Society Days 2021 – A Sustainable Recovery for the Future of Europe’s Citizens is intended to be a public forum bringing together European citizens, civil society organisations and the European institutions. While delivering on the high expectations of its citizens, Europe must ensure that the ecological and digital transitions are built on the values of solidarity and human rights, social justice, equality, and on education, culture, migration, democracy, participation and entrepreneurship.

The EESC Liaison Group is organising 8 different workshops on: 

  • Multilevel sustainable democracy in Europe
  • Social economy and youth entrepreneurship for a sustainable recovery
  • The role of education and culture in the sustainable recovery for Europe
  • The future of work in the well-being economy
  • Youth activism, systemic change and recovery in Europe
  • A social Green Deal for a sustainable recovery
  • The role of key civil society groups in the renovation wave
  • The role and economic value of volunteers in the road to recovery and beyond

Register HERE to join the sessions!

#CivSocDays

Warm federalists regards,

Anna ECHTERHOFF
Secretary-General

Union of European Federalists
Rue d’Arlon 53
B-1040 Bruxelles
+32 (0)2 508-3030

PRESS RELEASE: President Sandro GOZI: We need to make full use of the potential of the Conference on the Future of Europe – No CoFoE light!

Brussels, February 5, 2021

“The Conference was not meant to be a general debate on topics that we already discuss every day, but to design a real and courageous future for our Europe and for us European citizens!”, states UEF President Sandro GOZI.

In a meeting of the EU ambassadors, the Member States adopted their revised position on the Conference on the Future of Europe on 3 February. The document was proposed by the Portuguese Presidency.

« It seems that the Council does not understand: the Conference on the Future of Europe, as envisaged by the European Parliament is more necessary than ever.The methods for direct citizen participation are disappointing », so the assessment of GOZI. « Where have the citizens’ agoras that the Parliament proposed gone? » asks GOZI. « There also seems to be a ‘great Chinese wall’ between the Conference and Article 48 on treaty revision ».

The Council document includes a tripartite presidency of the Conference, consisting of the President of the European Parliament, the President of the European Commission and the President of the Council. However, the day-to-day business would be in the hands of an executive committee in which the three institutions would also be equally represented and take decisions by consensus.

« Clearly, the Council is making a mistake by not being bold enough on the governance, functioning of the Conference and new methods of citizens participation. This is not what we federalists were looking for », says GOZI. « Unfortunately, this seems to be the only possible way out after the Council refused to agree to the solution proposed by the European Parliament », regrets GOZI. « Two are the most important things now: to make sure that it’s the Parliament’s representative in the executive committee who leads the work of the Conference and, more specifically, that of the Plenary. But above all, we need to keep advocating for the outcome of the Conference to be totally open in terms of possible new policies and Treaty revisions », concludes GOZI.

The Union of European Federalists (UEF) is a pan-European, non-governmental political organisation dedicated to the promotion of European political unity. For more than 70 years UEF has been a leading voice in the promotion of European unity and an early campaigner for key milestones in the development of the European Communities and then the European Union. With 25 national sections and over 400 local groups across Europe, UEF promotes a federal Europe among citizens and political representatives at all levels of government. More on: www.federalists.eu.

PRESS CONTACT:
Anna Echterhoff
anna.echterhoff@federalists.eu
Union of European Federalists [UEF]
Rue d’Arlon 53
B-1000 Bruxelles
+32 (0)2 508-3030

Quel fédéralisme pour les États-Unis d’Europe ?

Nous n’avons d’autre choix valable que le fédéralisme. Nos deux institutions fédérales, la Cour de justice de l’UE et la Banque centrale européenne le montrent, en remplissant leur mission. Par contre, la méthode intergouvernementale de l’UE a trop souvent montré ses limites, ses lenteurs et son inefficacité.

Une carte blanche de Jean Marsia et Domenico Rossetti di Valdalbero, pour l’Union des Fédéralistes Européens. Cet article a été aussi co-signé par Nezka Figelj, Robert Verschooten et Paul Frix.

Lire la suite sur La Libre

The SPD Proposal of a 28th Army: Towards a European “Dual Army”?

28 January 2021 – from 17:00 to 19:00 hrs

Online event on the ZOOM platform:
Please register here

Presentation of the Proposal:

Fritz Felgentreu  Member of Parliament, Deutscher Bundestag (Member of the Defence Committee and Spokesperson for the 1st Committee of Inquiry)
Comments on the Proposal:

Domenico Moro  CSF Coordinator for Defence and Security Area

Panelists:

Brando Benifei(tbc)  MEP, President of the Spinelli Group
Gen. Vincenzo Camporini Scientific Advisor to the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and former Chief of Defence Staff of Italy
Maj. Enrico della Gatta  Strategic Communication Advisor to the Chairman of the European Union Military Committee (EUMC)
Daniel Fiott  Security and Defence Editor at the EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS)
Domènec Ruiz Deveza  MEP, Vice President of the Union of European Federalists
Webinar Coordinator:

Flavio Brugnoli  Director of the CSF

Federalists events January 2021

Dear federalist friends,

We are glad to jump in 2021 with a series of timely and interesting events coming from our two leading projects:
Democracy is Europe 
Crossroads Europe
You are all invited to attend! Below you can find the details of each event and project! 
 
Warm regards,
 
UEF Secretariat
Democracy is Europe Project investigates the 1989-91s transitions/peaceful revolutions in Central Eastern Europe, the European values behind them and the current state of play of these values.
The next stop of our investigation is Hungary, with two panel sessions: the first focused on the past – HERE TO REGISTER, will be held on Friday, January 22 at 17.00 CET, Online. The second one, covering the current political landscape and providing inputs for future scenarios will take place on Saturday 22, January at 16.00 CET, online – HERE TO REGISTER.

In the project framework we also launched a CALL FOR PAPER for young students. The winner will be awarded with a voucher to buy books or could choose an online course at his/her choice.

The panel sessions will be in Hungarian, but the English translation will be provided.

Here you can find the PROGRAMME in ENGLISH
The next step of the Crossroads Europe Project will be dedicated to Climate Change and will be a chance for the participants to debate with and to be informed by policy-makers and civil society organisations on their policy approach towards the Climate issue, at an international, national and local level. 

Address this topic with: MEP Alessandra Moretti – Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, Alberto Bellini -University of Bologna, Filippo Pieri – Regional Secretary CISL Emilia-Romagna region (Confederazione Italiana Sindacati Lavoratori), Alberto Majocchi – University of Pavia and, Rita Tedesco, Climate & Energy programme manager, ECOS – European Environmental Citizens’ Organisation for Standardisation.

More speakers to be confirmed soon.

Click thelinks below to register
JAN 25 – Climate Change, desertification and the migration issue
ONLINE – 21.00 CET

JAN 29 – Session 1: Environment, climate and health at the time of Covid – 19
ONLINE – 17.00 – 18.45 CET
Session 2: Emilia-Romagna, new pact for work and the climate
ONLINE – 19.00 – 20.45 CET

JAN 30 –  Session 1: Sustainable cities and communities
ONLINE – 9.45 – 11.00 CET
Session 2: Green Deal: the EU response to climate change
ONLINE, 11.15 – 12.30 CET

The event will be held in Italian.

 

Invitation to the Political Commission 1

Dear Members of the Federal Committee and of the National Sections,

Dear federalist Friends,

Following my last invitation to the Political Commission 1 (PC1), I am delighted to share with you the REGISTRATION link to attend the meeting. The deadline to register is Friday 11 December 2020, 12.00 (midday). On the same date you will receive the details to join the meeting.

The PC1 meeting will be held on Saturday, December 12, 2020, ONLINE, from 14.30 to 17.30 and represents a chance to further debate and discuss our resolutions and the amendments in view of the Federal Committee.

To be ready for the meeting please download below:

AGENDA – Political Commission 1 – Institutions and Future of Europe

Draft Appeal – Our federal Europe, Sovereign and Democratic

Resolution 2 – Report of the European Parliament – Stocktaking of the European Elections

Statement –  Strengthening Civil Society participation at UN level – support world citizens’ initiative

The Resolution 1 has been sent previously, you will receive the amendments in the next days.

I am looking forward to meeting you on Saturday.

Warm Federalists regards! 
Yours sincerely,
Anna ECHTERHOFF

Secretary-General

                                                               
Union of European Federalists
Rue d’Arlon 53
B-1040 Bruxelles
+32 (0)2 508-3030

Magazine “Au bout du Jour” du 7 décembre 2020 RTBF

Dans le magazine « Au bout du Jour » Jean Marsia est l’invité d’Eddy Caekelberghs, Colonel à la retraite, ancien Directeur de l’enseignement académique de l’Ecole royale militaire et fondateur de la société européenne de Défense, il est question de la nécessité d’une vraie Constitution européenne pour garantir un meilleur fonctionnement, y compris de la défense.

Press Release: THE RULE OF LAW IS NON-NEGOTIABLE AND TREATY CHANGE IS NEEDED TO DO AWAY WITH UNANIMITY RULES IN THE EU

The Spinelli Group, the network of the federalist and pro-reform members of the European Parliament, and the Union of the European Federalist (UEF), reacting to the joint statement of 26th November 2020 by Prime Ministers of Poland and Hungary, Mateusz Morawiecki and Viktor Orbán, have decided to issue a joint statement on the new EU Rule of Law mechanism and the MFF/Next Generation EU package deal.

We stand firmly behind the deal agreed by the co-legislators, the European Parliament and the Council, on 10 November 2020. Parliament and Council are the budgetary authorities of the EU, not the European Council” declared Brando Benifei, President of the Spinelli Group and Sandro Gozi, UEF President.

We condemn the behaviour of the Polish and Hungarian governments which are threatening to veto the Multiannual Financial Framework and block the launch of the Recovery Plan for Europe in the midst of the worse health and economic crisis in the EU’s history. COVID-19 has caused more than 300 thousand deaths in the EU and a GDP contraction of approximately 8 percentage points with enormous job losses, business closures and a dramatic worsening of social conditions across the EU”, they continue.

We recall that the Rule of Law is a non-negotiable, fundamental value of the EU. We reject the interpretation by the Prime Ministers of Poland and Hungary that the proposed mechanism on the Rule of Law would circumvent the Treaties. It not only an absurd contradiction in terms, but also a legally inconsistent argument.

We also wish to propose a two-track process to overcome the deadlock: first, to immediately approve the MFF, the Recovery and Resilience Facility and the Rule of Law Mechanism, and second, to immediately start the Conference on the Future of Europe. This would allow us to prepare proposals on how to end unanimity rules on the EU’s budget decisions.”

Lastly, we also call to take the appropriate procedures to negotiate the necessary modifications to the Treaties. This should be initiated with the launch of a Convention following the outcome of the Conference.

The Union of European Federalists (UEF) is a pan-European, non-governmental political organisation dedicated to the promotion of European political unity. For more than 70 years UEF has been a leading voice in the promotion of European unity and an early campaigner for key milestones in the development of the European Communities and then the European Union. With 25 national sections and over 400 local groups across Europe, UEF promotes a federal Europe among citizens and political representatives at all levels of government. More on: www.federalists.eu.

PRESS CONTACT:
Anna Echterhoff
anna.echterhoff@federalists.eu