Our federal Europe: sovereign and democratic
We enthusiastically welcome the start of the Conference on the Future of Europe. We are living in a historical moment of great change. It is at a time like this that communities must be able to adapt their institutions if they are to govern the new processes and avoid falling into irreversible decline. This is what we have to do today in the European Union: making the instrument of the Next Generation EU permanent and creating a federal budget, so that the EU can share fiscal sovereignty with the Member States; and acquiring new competences, extending the ordinary legislative procedure, in the fields of health, economic policy, foreign policy and defence, to make Europe a global leader in the defence of fundamental values and the rule of law, a model of a socially sustainable ecological transition and a global actor for a new multilateralism. For this reason, the Conference must be able to discuss without taboos not only which European policies need to be strengthened, but also which treaty reforms are necessary to equip the EU with the necessary tools to act effectively and incisively.
Read the appeal of the UEF and the Spinelli Group of the European Parliament: