We want to remind you that that not only does the cause of the current crisis lie in too high public deficits but also in the contradiction of having a common currency without an economic government. The hitherto form of coordination proved to be insufficient. We welcome the Commission’s, Member States’ and European Parliament’s attempts to strengthen and improve the European economic governance but we consider that the right consequence of the current crisis goes beyond the mere addition of secondary law, and rather lies in the creation of strong institutions of a Economic and Fiscal Union. Furthermore we outline with deep and painful concern, that the current crisis more and more undermines people´s belief in the legitimacy of the European Union.
We affirm the necessity to go further in political integration, making a European Federation starting at least from the Eurozone countries but open to all countries willing to join, in order to make possible a fiscal and economic union, what we really need to face contemporary crisis and globalisation challenges.
Therefore we reaffirm our strong belief that the only answer to the European crisis lies within the relaunch of the federalist project, putting the European Economic Government on a broad, democratic and efficient basis. The backdoor intergovernmental method is a short-term answer and needs to be replaced by the development of supranational democratic institutions responsible in front of the people. Furthermore it has to be put into the bright lights of a true European debate, which calls for a political union and democratic progress.
Therefore we request the drawing up, before the 2014 European elections, of a plan to relaunch the European constituent project, so as to resolve, without delay, the crucial problems of the democratic legitimacy of the European Union and of the government of fiscal, budgetary and monetary policies, so that the European institutions might win back the consent of the European citizens and of the international community. A new constituent Convention should be convened with representatives elected by the citizens both at national and at European level, as well as representatives of the governments and the European Commission, which, overcoming national vetoes, will have a mandate to develop a federal constitution.
Besides, in the context of the EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2014-2020 negotiations we request the implementation of an environmentally and socially sustainable European development plan funded by own resources and a strong increase of the European budget.
We appeal furthermore for a visible, strong, and comprehensive investment in young people as a key priority for growth, stability, and wellbeing of the society. Youth must be mainstreamed in all the resources that the Union has at its disposal. Spiralling levels of youth unemployment and the associated increased levels of poverty and social exclusion are the results of not only the economic crisis, but also of a lack of real financial investment in young people and their social support structures, the youth organisations.
Finally as the governance of the Schengen area will also be at your agenda, we want to remind you that you can’t exclude the European Parliament, which represents the European citizens, from co-decision on possible suspensions of the Schengen Treaty, thus downgrading it to an observer role and trampling on its prerogatives. We also strongly oppose the reintroduction of any border control in the EU and the questioning of this tremendous benefit that represents the right to move freely.
We urge you to realise a fundamental shift in your approach of the European Union and adopt a truly federal approach as the only way out of the economic but also democratic European crisis.
The current European situation needs political leadership for the renewal of the European Union. The European citizens count on you.