Our challenges to the political parties for the European elections of May 2019
It’s time for action.
In view of the upcoming European Parliament elections in Spring 2019, EuropaNow! intends to present to all the political forces standing for election a commitment charter for a more united, more democratic, federal, fair and supportive Europe.
We must stop the political forces who want to destroy Europe, and with determination and vigilance put pressure on those who want to strengthen it.
EuropaNow! proposes to collaborate with all the associations and organisations that want to work on drafting a text, which should be ready for presentation by the beginning of 2019, at the latest.
The commitment must cover the electoral campaign, post-election work, and work in Parliament during the new term.
EuropaNow! therefore invites political forces to:
- run a truly European campaign, be present at and participate in political debates in other EU countries;
- put forward transnational lists with candidates from various countries for eligible positions;
- commit to not signing agreements with political forces who call into question the fundamental values and principles of the Union, its legal personality, the free movement of goods and people within the EU, the principle of the common currency and European outreach programs;
- reach agreement on a common candidate for the presidency of the European Parliament and the presidency of the European Commission;
Furthermore, EuropaNow! invites future MEPs to show particular commitment to the promotion of political, economic and social rights:
- the right of citizens to democratically choose their European government, which means being able to review the Treaties and request the convocation of a constituent assembly that can propose the establishment of a European federal Republic;
- the right of citizens to receive a European unemployment benefit when out of work, with a view to setting up a common social system;
- the right of all young Europeans to access the ErasmusPlus program after reaching 18 years of age, and other European education programs in general;
- the right to pay the same taxes throughout Europe, which means tax harmonisation and resolute action to fight tax avoidance and evasion by both European and non-European businesses;
- the right to a Europe which defends and strengthens European public policies: which involves at least doubling the EU budget by 2024 (the budget is currently less than 1 per cent of the combined GDP of all member states). This measure should allow investments which bring many regions out of isolation and develop new European industrial centres, particularly in the digital and artificial intelligence sectors.
- the right of future generations to live in a clean and well maintained environment, meaning the strict application and reinforcement of the Paris accord on climate change and the investment policies for the research and development of renewable energies;
- guarantee equal civil, economic and social rights, regardless of gender and sexual orientation; defend the rights of women, including their bodily autonomy;
- the right to a European Union which conducts a credible, pragmatic, welcoming and humane migration and asylum policy. In particular, the urgent revision of the Dublin Regulation and creation of a European agency for migration to provide finances to local authorities ready to accommodate migrants and asylum seekers;
- the right to a free and independent judiciary, starting with the implementation of a European Public Prosecutor, whose powers should not be limited to financial crime;
- the right to a free and independent press, with the adoption of provisions to guarantee fair remuneration for work by journalists and authors with respect to content reproduced on digital platforms, and effective protection of the pluralism and independence of the media;
- the right to culture, involving the establishment of “Maastricht parametres for culture” to allow greater access to the places where knowledge and culture are shared (theatres, cinemas, concert halls, libraries, etc.).
The fundamental basis of a political union is the equal rights of its citizens: today, the battle for a united, democratic and supportive Europe is above all a battle for rights.
“Without dreaming of a better Europe, we shall never build a better Europe.” Vaclav Havel