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Restart after decades of crisis: The Conference on the Future of Europe
This is a cooperation event with the Young European Federalists Bavaria More than a decade ago, the Treaty of Lisbon entered into force, also to better reflect the enlargement rounds at that time. However, much has changed since 2009, to which the EU has so far found insufficient responses. One Member State has passed through Brexit, in other countries the EU and liberal democracy are under pressure from authoritarian tendencies. Last but not least, asylum policy continues to be a symbol of growing conflict in the EU, which affects people who are particularly in need of EU protection and assistance. So the question arises, where do we want to go with the EU after the euro crisis, the dispute over the humanitarian treatment of refugees and the Brexit crisis? What reforms do we need to make the EU fit for peace and prosperity for the next decades? How can we further strengthen democracy at European level and with what goal? Do we need and want the United States of Europe? And what do all these considerations mean for the candidate countries, especially in the Western Balkans, but possibly also for other countries? Sign up and discuss with us! We look forward to your ideas.
Event reportWhat should the future of the European Union look like? This question was discussed by EU citizens at the event "Restart after decades of crisis: The Conference on the Future of Europe", organised jointly by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and the Young European Federalist Bavaria. Thomas Hacker, President of the Thomas Dehler Foundation, Clara Föller, Federal Chairman of the Young European Federalists and Dr. Manuel Müller, Senior Researcher at the Institute for European Politics in Berlin, exchanged views with citizens on possible reforms to strengthen democracy in Europe and orchestrate the enlargement process of the European Union. Where does Europe end geographically and politically? More than a decade ago, the Treaty of Lisbon entered into force, also to better reflect the enlargement rounds at that time. However, much has changed since 2009, to which the EU has so far found insufficient responses: One Member State has passed through Brexit, in other countries the EU and liberal democracy are under pressure from authoritarian tendencies. This raises questions about the necessary EU reforms for the coming years to strengthen democracy at European level and its importance for EU candidate countries. Against the background of the continued attractiveness of EU membership for countries in the European neighbourhood, the event focused on enlargement process. A majority consensus was the need for a concrete perspective for the countries, provided that they complied with the list of measures. However, it was critical to make EU accession dependent on whether institutional reforms have been undertaken in the European Union. This could lead to averting states and destabilising trends in the European neighbourhood. Strengthening European Democracy What is needed for a stronger European democracy? The consensus among the participants in the discussion was reforms such as the right of initiative for the European Parliament — which was long overdue. The same applies to reforms that ensure better enforcement of European law, in particular the protection of fundamental rights and the rule of law. The establishment of transnational lists was controversially discussed. Participants stressed the benefits of transnational lists, such as strengthening the relevance of European parties by forcing national member parties to agree on a common list in transnational negotiations. At the same time, however, the participants pointed out that the protection of the representation of smaller states would be more difficult because there was a risk that voters would give preference to candidates from their own country, simply because they were more familiar with them. This would result in a structural disadvantage for candidates from smaller Member States. However, it has been unanimously recognised that transnational lists can contribute to strengthening the European public sphere. Transnational lists would also counter the EU’s often lamented democratic deficit. In this context, the personality of Ursula von der Leyen was criticised. The fact that she was elected President of the Commission in 2019, although she did not run as President in the European elections, shows the dominance of the Member States over Parliament. This must be prevented in the future. This includes the need to strengthen Parliament’s role in relation to the Commission. A reduction in the Commission was also strongly supported by the participants in the discussion, together with an amendment to the EU Treaties to facilitate the enlargement of the EU.
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