FOR A BETTER EUROPE
We believe in our future in Europe. As Europeans, we see our Plurality, Culture and the History of Democracy as unique Privileges and as a solid Basis for our Common Future. This is the time for fulland direct participation of the European Citizens in shaping the future of a united, just and democratic Europe.Our movement, Stand Up for Europe, has been established to unite European movements and citizens to strive for a new EuropeanSocial Contract within a true, transparent and fair European Federation.Because Europe Matters! And so does our voice!
Democracy and accountability
The European Federation should have one President elected directly by the European citizens through universal suffrage and heading a European Government that will replace the European Commission. A reformed European Parliament, with real legislative powers, should consist of a House of Deputies representing the citizens and elected through transnational lists, and a Senate representing the states and regions, in order to harmonize the collective interests of the federation with those of itsconstituent units. We ask for a European Constitution, which would finally allow to go beyondthe existing set of treaties among countries and establish a real European Federation allowing to tackle key challenges on the basis of the subsidiarity principle. We propose the introduction of new tools for direct citizens’ participation(including a European Referendum) for all European citizens irrespective ofcountry of origin to be able to pronounce themselves directly on policy issuesto be referred to them by the reformed European Parliament or the Executive, or following a request of a minimum number of citizens from across Europe. Any tool of direct participation will be accompanied by thorough pan-European debate.
A more integrated Europe will allow us to build on our strengths and skillsand improve the functioning and productivity of our economy. This will inturn create more job opportunities, in particular for young people. Increase dintegration will also help us ensure full mobility of the workforce within the Federation and to preserve the European social model (see also below).
Foreign and defence policy
The European Federation should be competent on issues such as foreign and defence policy. It should have one single army with a single central command, one single diplomatic corps, and a single seat at the United Nations Security Council, representing a common European foreign policy. The Europe Union should be a progressive force in the world, at the forefront of initiatives to advance respect for human rights, the reduction of inequalities, the peaceful resolution of disputes and the sustainable functioning of the global economy without short-term speculation.
A federal police (a sort of European FBI) and a European Intelligence Agency should be put in place to deal with federal crimes such as terrorism, organized crime, human traffic and federal tax evasion. The European Federation should be entitled to manage asylum policy and the control of external borders through an EU border police and guard corps.
The European Federation should have a European Treasury. This Treasury should manage a federal budget financed through federally attained resources (such as Eurobonds, European Transaction Tax or others). Its currency should be the Euro. At the federal level, a more effective taxation systemshould be put in place to finance federal expenditure. This system should avoid tax duplications and favour economies of scale, thus reducing the overall tax burden on the average European citizen. A fiscal policy that gives the European government the financial resources to implement the key policies outlined in this statement and manage 20 to 25%of Europe’s wealth creation (a proportion similar to that of the United States of America) as opposed to the minuscule 1% that is managed at present. There should be some pooling of sovereign debt.
We support tax harmonisation to reduce social dumping and tax evasion from large corporations within the Federation.
European Central Bank
The European Central Bank should be kept independent, but should get a double mandate of ensuring low inflation and economic growth together. The ECB should act as a lender of last resort.
European social model
The European Federation should protect the sustainability of the European social model and ensure that its citizens benefit from comparable civil, political, and economic rights and level of welfare, ensuring fair standards throughout the Federation.
Reinforce the European cohesion policy, focus on key Europe-wide infrastructure networks and set up some complementary European welfare (for instance through a European social relief fund) to improve territorial and social cohesion.
The role of the European Court of Justice should be reinforced as the heartof the federal judicial system. The second instance should remain in Luxembourg. The first instance should be strengthened by creating additional European federal courts of first instance at a local level, with atleast one present in each member state.
The European Federation should support European businesses operating inEurope and abroad with an effective federal industrial policy aimed at boosting innovation, increasing harmonisation of industrial rules and conditions across Europe, improving market access, quality and productivity, and ensuring sustainable use of resources.
The European Federation needs an energy policy that is sustainable and that effectively secures energy access throughout Europe.
We believe that sustainable development is the basis for the future ofEuropean economic growth and consider environment as a public good. TheEuropean Federation needs a complete sustainability strategy, whichconnects environmental policy to the economy and society.
Research and Innovation
Is a primary source of economic and social development, and should receivestronger support by the European Federation, with direct connection to theeconomy and society for large-scale implementation.
We support the highest level of education for Europe’s citizens, encourageinnovation and research, and promote European identity and Europeanmobility through initiatives such as the Erasmus exchange programme andsports exchange programmes. Moreover, we look forward to harmonisededucational systems that facilitate the free movement of students andprofessionals across Europe.
European culture consists of a rich multitude of local expressions that mustbe preserved and promoted as a unique treasure and as the commonground of our shared identity.
English can be established as the vehicular language of the EuropeanFederation, to facilitate administrative and commercial transactions,without replacing our national and regional languages and cultures,which are precious elements of our collective richness.
We are conscious of the fact that our movement requires the support of agreat number of people. For this reason, we urge all Europeans of goodwill,whatever their political orientation, all women and all men who share ourvision, all private organisations, businesses, associations, and otherstakeholders receptive to our message, to join us in building the Europe oftomorrow: A Europe with the ambition to reverse the decline which hasmired it for too long and give new meaning to collective political action.