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

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.

For background information:

HERE and HERE

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
Rue d’Arlon 53
B-1000 Bruxelles
+32 (0)2 508-3030

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