• 20140726

    Federalists welcome Juncker’s plans for closer European economic and political integration

    The Union of European Federalists (UEF) congratulates Mr Jean-Claude Juncker for his election to President of the European Commission by the European Parliament yesterday. Mr Juncker’s statement in front of the Parliament confirms that he can really be the “old-style federalist” that his opponents accused him to be during the electoral campaign – and this is exactly what Europe needs today.

    Federalists welcome Mr Juncker’s plan for closer economic and political integration, in particular his proposals for deepening and strengthening the Eurozone (including Eurozone fiscal tools and budget and a single representation in the international institutions), extending the European single market, investing 300 billion euro in European traditional and new infrastructures in the next 3 years to balance national austerity and reform programmes and kick-start the European economy, developing an energy union centred on pooling of energy resources and pan-European energy networks as well as ambitious renewable targets.

    Federalists have appreciated Mr Juncker’s passionate defence of the benefits of the Euro, his convinced and convincing appeal to the fundamental values and achievements of European unity and his personal homage to Jacques Delors, François Mitterand and Helmut Kohl and their European vision.

    Much of what Mr Juncker has promised will depend on the will of the Member States. However, the new process for selecting the President of the European Commission, where the European political parties and the European elections, and thus the European citizens, are the decisive factor in the process, has been a healthy injection of politics and democracy in the life of the European Union and it gives Mr Juncker a stronger authority and legitimacy than his predecessor enjoyed. Federalists invite Mr Juncker to use such greater authority and legitimacy to restore the role of the European Commission as engine for closer European economic and political integration and move his programme forward, mindful that from now on his electorate are the European citizens and the European Parliament and not only the Heads of State and Government.

  • 20140617

    It’s time for European Democracy. Mr Juncker for President & Mr Cameron get on with it!

    The Union of European Federalists (UEF) urges the European Council to propose Mr. Juncker as next President of the European Commission at its next meeting on June 27. It will then be for Mr. Juncker to present himself and his program to the European Parliament and try to assemble a political majority.

    Claiming that this new procedure would be in breach of the European Union treaties is just a lie spread by the anti-Europeans and Euro-sceptics and their press. This is what the European Union Treaty provides. This is how parliamentary democracies work. This is the kind of Europe that everyone believing in democracy and accountability should stand up for and defend.

    Elmar Brok, President of the Union of European Federalists and the longest serving Member of the newly elected European Parliament, said: “The meaning and purpose of the European elections are at stake. Citizens were told that this time the European elections would be different, and they were different. European political parties nominated their candidates well in advance; the candidates submitted themselves and their program to the voters across Europe and engaged in pan-European debates. National political leaders, including many Heads of Government sitting in the European Council, have been on the campaign trail with the candidates. This process can’t be disregarded because of the internal political problems in the United Kingdom.

    The UEF believes that the new procedure to elect the President of the European Commission gives greater legitimacy and greater accountability to the European Commission to become a more genuine European Government. Once installed, the European Commission, in close cooperation with the European Parliament, should as soon as possible re-launch the debate and make proposals on the future of Europe. This should include how to further strengthen the economic and political integration of the Eurozone, how to address the widespread economic crisis with European initiatives for growth and development, and how to improve the strength, efficiency and democratic accountability of the institutions of the European Union and particularly of the Eurozone.

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    Federalist highlights from the first ever pan-european debate

    Yesterday (28 April) for the first time in history European citizens had the chance to witness a 90’ debate between the leading candidates of four European political parties to President of the European Commission. European Federalists [UEF] and Young European Federalists [JEF] gathered all over Europe to watch and discuss.

    During the debate candidates elaborated on their positions around three broader themes, economy, euroscepticism and foreign policy. In many cases they came up with federalist proposals which we collected and present to you here, candidate – by –candidate in the form of a graphic.

    The graphic presents a thumbs-up every time one of the four candidates, Jean-Claude Juncker, Martin Schulz, Guy Verhofstadt or Ska Keller, refers along his or her reply to a point that is in line with federalist principles. Each point on the grid reflects on the exact quote made by the candidate.

    Consult the highlights here…