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:
sustainable democracy in Europe
economy and youth entrepreneurship for a sustainable recovery
role of education and culture in the sustainable recovery for Europe
future of work in the well-being economy
activism, systemic change and recovery in Europe
Green Deal for a sustainable recovery
role of key civil society groups in the renovation wave
role and economic value of volunteers in the road to recovery and beyond
“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.
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.
Fritz Felgentreu Member of Parliament, Deutscher Bundestag (Member of the Defence Committee and Spokesperson for the 1st Committee of Inquiry) Comments on the Proposal:
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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:
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!
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.
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
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:
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.
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.”
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.
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.