Wednesday, 12 December 2012

12.12.12: Time to Decide! Time for a Constituent Convention for a European Federation

The meeting of the European Council in Brussels on 13-14 December 2012 will face difficult decisions on the launch of a banking union and a blueprint for a fiscal and political union to strengthen the Eurozone. On the day preceding the summit, the Union of European Federalists (UEF) and the Young European Federalists (JEF) are carrying out a campaign-day cross Europe with the common slogan "12.12.12: TIME TO DECIDE, TIME FOR A EUROPEAN FEDERATION!"

"After four years of Euro-crisis and countless meetings of the European Heads of State and Government, it is high time to take long-term structural decisions, before growing social discontent and Euro-skepticisms across Europe will make it impossible for Europe to progress further. We need to bring together the plans for a banking, fiscal, economic and political union. We need a precise roadmap to a Convention to prepare a new constitutional pact that reshapes the Euro-zone and the other countries willing to join such a project into a democratic federation while allowing forms of looser integration for those countries who don't intend to join the Euro" declares Pauline Gessant, President of the Young European Federalists (JEF).

Andrew Duff, MEP, President of the Union of European Federalists (UEF) declares: "We welcome the proposals of Mr van Rompuy for strengthening the European monetary union by providing it with a fiscal capacity and effective and democratic decision-making. A serious fiscal union requires not only stringent controls on national budgets, but also a robust power to tax and spend at European level to promote growth and support member states when in difficulty. The power to control national budgets and to tax European citizens and corporations requires European democracy. The scale of such challenges requires a European public debate and the involvement of the representatives of the European citizens. Only a Convention can achieve that."

The Union of European Federalists (UEF), is a supranational political movement founded in 1947 dedicated to uniting Europe along federal lines.

Andrew Duff MEP, is UEF President since 2008. He represented the European Parliament at the Lisbon Intergovernmental Conference.