60 Ideas for Europe

Europe Day 2008

Make all citizens aware of the 60 years of progress of the European idea by getting your Council local press and media involved in the civic activity of celebrating Europe Day on May 9th. Repeat this each year and reflect on 60 years of peace, prosperity and achievements that all citizens continue to enjoy. This… » read more

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The EMI must consider the Lisbon Treaty equivalent to a Constitution, although there are states who are reluctant to contemplate such a comparison. Any modification of the Treaty/”Constitution” must be subject to demanding conditions. However, its modification should not be, for all practical purposes, impossible. For this reason, the EMI must propose that the Treaty… » read more

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We must modify the proposed legislation (Lisbon) relating to the voluntary withdrawal of a Member State from the EU. For example, we need to consider: A) The harm caused to cohesion countries. B) In addition, the lost profits incurred by the “withdrawing” state caused by lack of market competitiveness, economic prosperity and reduced presence on… » read more

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We need more rapid and efficient procedures to suspend the rights of Member States in the case that they violate fundamental rights and values . Art. 7 TEU (Lisbon) proposes measures which take too long to put into practice and are excessively lenient. We also need to contemplate the possibility of definitive expulsion of a… » read more

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The EMI must make an effort to propose innovative solutions with respect to the countries which formed part of the ex-Yugoslavia. The CFEME (EM Spain) is opposed to the recognition of Kosovo as a sovereign state. However, the CFEME realizes that this recognition could happen de facto as a result of unilateral positions adopted by… » read more

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To decide whether we admit Turkey as part of the EU family, the following consideration is pertinent. A dictatorial laicism which violates freedoms of expression, assembly, and the untrammelled functioning of political parties, constitutes and will constitute, as long as it exists, an obstacle for its integration in the EU.

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The EMI must not ignore the reality of countries within the European landscape which have Islam as the official religion: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania and possibly, in the future, Kosovo. The first premise with respect of these countries is that they should be included in future enlargements. However, a further consideration cannot be avoided. Namely, if individual… » read more

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The Neighbourhood Policy contained in art. 8 TUE (Lisbon), which reproduces word for word the text of the Draft Treaty, will undoubtedly proof to be extremely positive. In particular, it is a very good alternative to a policy of endless enlargements which could have outlandish results. (Imagine, if you will, if Russia were to be… » read more

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