Below is the text of a resolution I have co-written and which was adopted by JEF Europe’s Federal Committee at the end of March. Please, do not hesitate to spread the text to all those fighting for the European integration and against the rise of Eurosceptic parties.
Recalling the beneficial effects of the European project for European citizens, in particular the peace and prosperity brought by an ever-closer Union;
Witnessing growing support for Eurosceptic parties in several Member States;
Observing a growing general distrust of citizens towards many political institutions and politics which also affects European institutions;
Bearing in mind that the unresolved economic crisis continues to add to anti-European sentiments all over Europe;
Convinced of the utmost necessity of a European solution to tackle the most pressing challenges of our time, in particular: unemployment; excessive debt; insufficiently democratic governance; and the lack of trust in political institutions.
Therefore, JEF Europe
Stresses the need to continue to address the rise of Eurosceptic parties, acknowledging the severity of the situation – by employing factual arguments and focusing on the content of concrete policy proposals;
Underlines the diversity of Eurosceptic parties and the fragility of their attempted alliance, and consequently believes that adequately tackling the rise of Eurosceptic parties requires addressing the specific arguments of each of these political parties;
Commits to forming partnerships with other organisations – whose main focus is not necessarily European integration – who are opposed to Eurosceptic parties for reasons other than the fact that they are Eurosceptic so as to make known to the public that these parties are a problem for a variety of reasons;
Insists that the European political parties shall have a real pan-European campaign ahead of European elections, that forces Eurosceptic parties to detail their proposals and the citizens will be presented a true choice between different policies;
Asks all European leaders in the political, the public and the private spheres, as well as the media, to reaffirm the benefits brought by European integration and to point out the democratic innovations related to this year’s election, in particular the closer link between the choice of the President of the European Commission and the result of the elections;
Demands that civil society, national governments and European institutions adequately inform citizens about the new powers and democratic legitimacy the European Parliament has gained and how it has made use of it;
Suggests that they also explain the outreach and the role of European policies and politics, especially of the European Parliament’s action, for the European citizens’ daily life;
Will present, with a spirit of constructive criticism, its preferred solutions to make the EU more democratic and progress towards a federal Union;
Urges all citizens, since Europe is built by the people, to help in implementing the above mentioned recommendations and to use these elections to shape Europe the way they want it to be.