UEF ASKS FOR AN ANTI COVID-19 REGULATION ON THE BASIS OF ART. 168.5 TFEU

The Union of European Federalists (UEF) calls on the European Commission to take a step forward by requesting for a Health Union on the basis of Art. 168.5 TFEU in its next proposal for a regulation on severe cross-border health threats:

“Since the beginning of this unprecedented pandemic crisis, Europe has become its global epicenter. The second wave of the COVID-19 is ferociously sweeping the continent, while at the same time drastically reshaping the lives of our European citizens and our European way of life. It is time to act together, with common guidelines and a single regulation in the fight against the virus, to avoid discrepancies that weaken our capacity of reaction”, UEF President and Member of the European Parliament Sandro GOZI says.

“We federalists have been convening, with particular emphasis in these last months, on the urgency to launch a Health Union, necessary to strengthen the mandate of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Art. 168. 5 TFEU provides the legal framework to establish it, on the basis of the principle of subsidiarity, which means that each problem must be tackled at the level where it can be better solved. Since pandemics know no borders, the key to a lasting solution lies with the Health Union as part of a stronger social and political integration at European level”, continues GOZI.

“And the truth is that we are not the only ones who believe this. The Health Union was presented as a key reform by the Commission’s President Ursula von der Leyen in her State of the Union Speech in September 2020”, emphasizes GOZI.

President von der Leyen said: “For me, it is crystal clear – we need to build a stronger European Health Union. And to start making this a reality, we must now draw the first lessons from the health crisis”.

UEF reiterates the call on the European institutions to agree on an interinstitutional declaration on the Conference on the Future of Europe. “It is therefore we demand and expect to see the European Commission’s lead on this urgent matter to advance health guarantees for European citizens. In this sense, we call again on the German Presidency of the Council to call for the Conference on the Future of Europe to be launched as soon as possible, to involve citizens in the debate on how to build a stronger European Union”, GOZI concludes.

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Press Release: UEF WELCOMES THE MFF 2021-2027 AGREEMENT AND THE NEW OWN RESOURCES PACKAGE

The Union of European Federalists (UEF) welcomes the positive outcome of the Multiannual Financial Framework’s political agreement for 2021-2027 and new Own Resources.

Following ten weeks of intensive talks, the Parliament’s budget negotiators’ decision with the Presidency of the Council regarding the confirmation for the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF 2021-2027), represents a significant win for Europe and its citizens:

“Today, Europe has historically won with this agreement. After weeks of negotiations, we finally have a political compromise that can live up to the European citizens’ expectations and challenges our current times,” says GOZI. “Thanks to the European Parliament’s commitment, this package is bigger than the one presented by national governments in the summer; for that, I warmly congratulate the EP budget negotiators to make possible this historic step for a federal Europe together with the Council Presidency,” continues GOZI. 

“Ambitious ideas on common debt and new own resources to get out of the crisis, solidarity, and digital and ecological transformation are exactly what we as federalists have been convening,” states UEF President and Member of the European Parliament Sandro GOZI. « Recalling on new resources we as federalists are very pleased to see that the agreement ensures and increases the budget allocated to the major top-ups of EU flagship programmes like Horizon, Erasmus+ which were about to pay the price for the health crisis we are currently facing, jeopardizing our current and future generations of Europeans,” stresses GOZI. “Moreover, we have a clear timetable for the introduction of fiscal justice and ecological transition. UEF will be closely following and advocating to make sure that the Commission and the Council will fully respect the calendar to implement them.”

“The next clear step forward to consolidate this path is the need to give the European Parliament the power to share decisions on own resources. UEF fully backs the European Parliament’s legislative resolution that implies a Treaty reform on this regard,” says GOZI. “We reiterate our call on the German Presidency of the Council to launch the Conference on the Future of Europe with celerity, to involve citizens and the civil society in the debate on how to build a stronger European Union”, concludes GOZI.

The UEF urges the European Parliament, as a matter of necessity and urgency, to fight for genuine European Own resources that are designed, collected, and managed at the European level. An urgent need is even more pressing in the event of establishing the Recovery Fund in the form proposed by the Commission – thus launching the debate for the creation of an autonomous fiscal capacity of the EU.

Federal Committee Meeting

We report below the invitation to the Federal Committee Meeting by the Union of European Federalists.

Dear Members of the Federal Committee, dear federalist Friends all over Europe,

 The current crisis has shown the importance of acting united as Europeans in an effective and supportive way. In tackling the pandemic, the Union has been faced with an unprecedented challenge, and has already made choices that indicate the need and the will to strengthen its political unity.

The Conference on the future of Europe will be an absolute opportunity to debate a concrete project for a stronger Union, involving citizens in a transparent and participatory process by which they can become increasingly aware of the fundamental importance of our unity as Europeans and actively participate in the reform processes that can achieve it.

As federalists we have an important role to play in this phase, towards the citizens and towards politics and institutions. That is why we wanted this moment of joint working together with the sections and members of the Federal Committee on 14 November and in this spirit we are convening the Federal Committee on 19 December.

Looking forward to meeting you at these important meetings, I wish you good work.

Your sincerely,
Sandro GOZI

President
                                                               
Union of European Federalists
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NEXT FEDERAL COMMITTEE GUIDELINES AND INSTRUCTIONS
Dear Members of the Federal Committee, dear federalist Friends,

Following the invitation of our President to the Kick-Off Meeting and the next Federal Committee (FC), I am contacting you regarding the technical details of the two meetings scheduled in agreement with the Executive Bureau.

The online Kick-Off meeting with the sections and members of the FC who wish to participate, is open to all interested activists, to discuss proposals for our campaign in view of the launch of the Conference on the Future of Europe. The meeting is scheduled onlinefor 14 November, from 9am to 1pm. We will send you the registration form next week to receive the zoom link. About ten days before the meeting we will send you the policy proposals of the EB.

The FC is convened also online (due to the current pandemic), for the 19th December, from 9am to 6pm, with a break for lunch from 1pm to 2pm. I remind you that, according to the established practice, the deadline for the submission of resolutions will be 6 weeks earlier, and is therefore set for 9 November at midday; then there will be 3 weeks to submit amendments – by Monday 30 November.

Resolutions must be sent in Word format by email to the European Secretariat (secretariat@federalists.eu).

Considering the circumstances, and the limitations that we will face in an online meeting, I recommend FC members and Political Commissions to be considerate and submit resolutions and amendments only if considered absolutely necessary and urgent for this meeting.

There will be no participation fee for this meeting. However, if you wish to contribute to the organisation of the meeting with a donation, you are welcome to do so easily and rapidly, following to UEF Bank Account:

Name of the bank: BNP PARIBAS FORTIS BANK, Rond-point Robert Schuman 10, 1040 Brussels, Belgium
TO: UNION OF EUROPEAN FEDERALISTS UEF
IBAN code: BE69210037609578
BIC: GEBABEBB

A short recap on the relevant dates and deadlines:

– ONLINE Kick Off Meeting: November 14, 2020, from 9.00 to 1.00pm. Registration forms will be out next week and registration procedures will be closed November 12, 2020 at midday.

–  ONLINE Federal Committee: December 19, 2020 from 9am to 6pm. 

–  Submission of resolutions deadline is November 9, 2020, at midday.

–   Amendments will have to be submitted by Monday 30 November.


In the next weeks, the Executive Bureau will finalise the proposed agenda as well as the technicalities for holding and managing the meeting.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Looking forward to our exchange at the two meetings.
 
Yours sincerely,
Anna ECHTEROFF

Secretary-General

                                                               
Union of European Federalists
Rue d’Arlon 53
B-1000 Bruxelles
+32 (0)2 508-3030
Our mailing address is:
secretariat@federalists.eu

Ursula von der Leyen sera-t-elle la dernière présidente désignée par les chefs d’État ?

Nous demandons aux parlementaires européens de légiférer au plus tôt sur la loi électorale européenne et de soutenir fortement l’initiative #VotersWithoutBorders, en vue de l’adoption d’une vraie loi électorale européenne.

Une opinion d’Alberto Alemanno, professeur en droit européen, HEC Paris et fondateur de The Good Lobby ; Giorgio Clarotti, co-fondateur d’Alliance4Europe et membre du Comité Fédéral de l’Union des Fédéralistes Européens (UEF), d’Olivier Costa, directeur de recherche au CNRS (Centre Emile Durkheim, Bordeaux) et directeur des études politiques et de gouvernance européennes au Collège d’Europe et de Christophe Leclercq, fondateur du Réseau Média EURACTIV et de la Fondation EURACTIV (think-&-do-tank sur la santé du secteur des médias, initiateur du programme innovant @stars4media).

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EU representatives and voters without borders

Almost 30 years after the first transnational European party was formed, the European Parliament has proposed that in the 2024 European elections, all voters should be able to vote, in addition to their national representatives, for a second set of representatives, elected in a single European college, write Alberto Alemanno, Giorgio Clarotti, Olivier Costa and Christophe Leclercq.

Read the article.

REMINDER: JEAN MONNET PRIZE FOR EUROPEAN INTEGRATION

Call for applications are still open until 9 October 2020.

The Jean Monnet Prize focuses on citizens’ personal engagement for Europe and activities that impact the day-to-day life of Europeans. Our prize is a small-scale initiative, and we are proud of this grassroots aspect.

The winning project receives a €1,500 grant.

Read more: www.federalists.eu/news-uef/view/2020-jean-monnet-prize-for-european-integration

Coronavirus : comment la solidarité européenne va soulager l’économie et environnement

L’Europe fait face à une grave crise économique, sanitaire et sociale. Malgré de profondes divergences de vue entre États membres,
la solidarité européenne a finalement prévalu. Le Plan de Relance, le Pacte Vert et l’objectif de neutralité carbone à l’horizon 2050
représentent les meilleurs outils « gagnant-gagnant », tant pour l’économie que pour l’environnement.

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Join us in Rome!

Dear friends,

We are glad to announce that registrations to the next Federal Committee meeting are open. The Federal Committee will take place in Rome, from Saturday 23 to Sunday 24 November 2019.

The Federal Committee meeting will be preceded by a public event organised together with the Movimento Federalista Europeo (MFE), and The Spinelli Group, in the late afternoon of Friday 22 November, to which you are invited to participate.Both the draft agenda of the Federal Committee meeting and the program of the public event will be available in September.Meanwhile, we invite you to register and book your flights and accommodation as soon as possible.

The FC meeting is open to members and observers. Please register and transfer the participation contribution as soon as possible and, in any case, by Friday 25 October 2019. You can register to the Federal Committee meeting by following this link.

RESOLUTIONS
Deadline for proposals for resolutions will be communicated after the Bureau meeting on 14 September. 
Meanwhile, we encourage the chairs of the Political Commission and FC members intending to submit a draft resolution, to share ideas and drafts well in advance of the official deadline on the FC email listfc@federalists.eu and take into account comments received from other FC members when submitting an official draft. Collective preparation will facilitate discussions and finalisation of documents at the meeting itself.

PARTICIPATION CONDITIONS
The contribution to attend the Federal Committee meeting is 50€. A reduced contribution of 25€ applies to students, job seekers, and participants under 25.
The contribution is waived for local, Rome-based participants.
The participation contribution covers:
– Dinner on Saturday,
– Venue Costs
Please indicate, at the time of registration, whether you will participate to the dinner on Saturday evening.
FC members and observers should arrange for their own accommodation at their own cost.

TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT CONDITIONS
No travel reimbursement is available for this meeting.
We kindly encourage you to book your flights and accommodation as soon as possible to avoid costs higher than expected.

Should you have any further questions please get in touch with the European Secretariat or UEF Belgium here.

We look forward to seeing you in Rome!

Interview avec Karl-Heinz Lambertz, Président du Comité européen des régions

« L’Europe, cela se décide non seulement dans le triangle des Bermudes entre la Commission, le Conseil des Ministres et le Parlement. L’Europe se décide également en dialogue direct avec les citoyennes et les citoyens. »

Karl-Heinz Lambertz, Président du Comité européen des régions, parle de comme renforcer la démocratie européenne.

International Seminar of Ventotene 2019

From the Monetary Union to the United States of Europe

Ventotene, Italy September 1-6, 2019

The “Altiero Spinelli” Institute for Federalist Studies has been organizing an international seminar on the island of Ventotene for the past 36 years. This island off the Italian coast is the place where Altiero Spinelli, author of the Federalist Ventotene Manifesto, was imprisoned during the Second World War. Each year, young federalists gather here to discuss federalist ideas on European and global issues with leading experts from the European and World Federalist Movement. The seminar is a unique and intensive experience on Federalist studies.

Main topics of the International seminar 2019

  • Human Rights and Peace
  • European Union and Regional Imbalances
  • European Union and global economy
  • Federalism and federalist organizations

150 participants. 60 hours of training and debates. 30 speakers.
Here we are building the future of Europe!

Download the Call for Application 2019 and apply before May 31st 2019!