Newsletter A New Deal for Europe on the road to a European democracy - N. 4 July, 2014
The main activity of the Belgium Committee in the past weeks was the preparation of the presentation of our ICE at the 499th session of the General Assembly of the European Economic en social Committee (EESC)Read more
There is no doubt that the EP elections of May 25 represents a turning point in the history of the European unification process, as a consequence of the decision of the most important European political groups to present a Spitzenkandidat for the Presidency of the European Commission.
We would like to remind that the federalist movements had already solicited such an initiative at the time of the 2009 elections, through a specific Campaign (Who’s your candidate?). That idea was taken up in this latest election, and it has immediately triggered a strategic battle between those who want as President of the Commission one of the five Spitzenkandidaten as a result of an explicit political agreement inside the Parliament and those who would like to maintain such a decision in the hands the European Council, i.e. in the frame of the intergovernmental compromise between the Nation-States.
Behind the battle on the procedure for appointing the President of the Commission, we can glimpse the cocoon from which the butterfly of the European democracy can take to the skies.Read more
Entitled 'Mapping the Cost of Non-Europe, 2014-19' , this study, by the Parliament’s European Added Value Unit, brings together work-in-progress on a long-term project to identify and analyse the ‘cost of non-Europe’ in a number of policy fields.
An initiative taken by some Professors (and opinion-makers) to claim a democratic choice to appoint the President of the European Commission
When proposing a candidate for the EU commission president, the Lisbon treaty instructs the European council to "take into account the elections to the European parliament" and states that the commission president "shall be elected by the European parliament" (Report, 28 May).Read more
Between the ongoing sovereign debt crisis and the feeble European economic recovery, many EU member states currently find themselves clamped in an increasingly tight vice. On one hand, they are forced to adopt harsh measures to avert the risk of collapse of further economic sectors; on the other, they seek to support workers who lost their jobs and, more generally, attempt to mitigate the effects on those who have been hit the hardest by the crisis.Read more
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