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The Young European Federalists of Italy: Federal Committee
The Federal Committee of the Gioventù Federalista Europea, meeting in Padua on 20 December 2015
Notes with concern
- the persistence of the global geopolitical instability, the continuing conflicts in the Middle East while new conflicts ignite and other spread in Africa and Asia: as of now local institutions’ failures to operate properly are evident, as well as those of the International Community in the “Siraq” and Lybia regions, or the spread of civil wars in Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen;
- that this context favours the strengthening of and induces an increase of consensus towards Islamic fundamentalist militias referring to Daesh, which results in an increase of the number of terrorist attacks towards those Countries on which it has not direct control, with a view to further destabilising the area;
- the embarrassing inabilities of the European States in the management of migration flows towards the Old Continent due to the current geopolitical situation, which have revealed the inadequacy not only of an intergovernmental foreign policy of the EU, but even that of the domestic one;
- that the European reaction after the events of 13 November in Paris, mainly intergovernmental and neo-nationalist, has translated into a securitarian approach fed by the constant terrorist scare; such an approach, on the one side, puts at risk the achievements of European integration, such as the Schengen area and the freedom of movement, and on the other side is absolutely insufficient either to guarantee European citizens’ safety, or to re-launch a single social integration model for the EU which could protect first- and second-generation migrants;
- that the vote in France, in spite of the positive reaction of its citizens - which stopped the rise of the Front National in the second ballot - has shown that the continuing economic stagnation, added to tensions generated by the international terrorist scare and to the inability of EU’s member States to control migratory flows is creating a breeding ground for the outbreak of populist, neo-fascist and xenophobe drifts;
- the radically anti-European stances of the newly elected Polish government, which highlight once again the European institutions’ fundamental inability of curbing member States’ potential drifts.
- that the conclusions of Paris’ COP21 did not address or solve the crucial problem of the International System: the failure to set up adequate measures and tools useful to impose binding decisions to sovereign States, which should also include sanction mechanisms.
- that, although there are already many issues on the agenda stressing the urgency of a Federal management of problems and challenges, the only possible framework for the establishment of Federal institutions is that of the Eurozone, within which Governments and European institutions should constantly investigate and discuss, proposing the reform of the Treaties;
- that operating in the framework of the existing Treaties is no longer enough, and that the use of current treaties represents a weak answer to challenges and problems requiring supranational Federal interventions;
- that only a Eurozone budget, financed with substantial own resources and legitimated solely by parliamentarians of the stakeholder Countries will be able to finance operations and plans transcending the intergovernmental logic, so as to establish a Federal management of important issues of current interest;
- Guy Verhofstadt’s stance in the European Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs Committee, that with his proposal for the reform of European institutions formalises the existence of a multi-level Union, answering effectively the four arguments used by the British Government;
- the fact that many Italian political forces, including representatives of some institutions, are taking action in favour of the Federalist battle, as it has already been done by President Boldrini during the latest months by promoting and presenting the document «Greater European integration: the way forward» or the Minister Gentiloni, who supported a Europe united on many more levels than purely the economic and monetary ones;
- that Europeans will be able to give an answer to the current systemic crisis only if they join together as a Federation, moving at the supranational level the instruments to act inside and outside its boundaries, thereby rekindling European citizens’ awareness of belonging to the same community and of the common destiny they share;
- that only with the complete and full establishment of a European Federation, Europe will be an example of peaceful coexistence and cooperation for the whole International Community, also taking into account the challenges for the safeguard of the Planet, such as those tackled by Paris’ COP21.
Asks European institutions and Member States’ Governments
- to overcome Dublin Regulations, continuing the development of a single common asylum and immigration policy; to start, as already proposed by the Commission, redefining Frontex’s mission against external threats and of border control; to oppose the reduction of financial support to reception and social integration programmes, by strengthening the cooperation with Governments of those Countries which are the departure points for immigrants, in order to guarantee their stability and development, and by clearing the different routes migrants use, so as to avoid further unnecessary carnages;
- to overcome the limits of the intergovernmental model in favour of a Federal management system of current European safety agencies, in order to adopt a set of answers to international terrorism;
- to go beyond the document of the five Presidents, seeking the pathway to a European Federation up to current challenges but which does not exclude a priori the adoption of the enhanced cooperation in economic and foreign policy fields provided by the Lisbon Treaty or the overcome of existing treaties.
Commits itself to
- proceed with its catalyst role of all constructive forces - whether national, local or European - working in favour of the United States of Europe;
- continue with all its might the Federalist battle, by carrying on the cooperation with institutions and spreading – at the same time - its message among citizens through the Campaign for European Federation and the dialogue with civil society; by actively participating to initiatives UEF and JEF are going to present in the next months.