Political demands

The 30 demands described hereafter were adopted by the EUD congress in June 2007. The following demands are not meant to show an ideal vision of what the EU could be, but the first practical steps to reform Europe.

    14 demands on transparency
  1. Transparency in the disclosure of information must be the rule, not the exception.
  2. Transparency should also be applied to the EU budget and spending.
  3. Reasonable derogations from transparency can be decided by a qualified majority of the European Parliament.
  4. Secret working groups must be limited or even forbidden.
  5. The protection of whistle-blowers should be further improved in the EU.
  6. The powers given to the EU's control agencies must be reinforced and respected. They must be controlled by national parliaments.
  7. Transparency must go hand in hand with clarity and simplification of information.
  8. Information released by the EU must be impartial in order to avoid unlimited propaganda.
  9. The EU institutions should listen to a wide range of opinions before proposing any legislation.
  10. A compulsory public lobbyist accreditation system should be implemented in all EU institutions.
  11. A special control on corporate lobbying should be installed.
  12. A blacklist of companies that practiced corruption should be extended to each member state.
  13. Corruption should be tackled more efficiently by the EU on all levels, including the EU level itself.
  14. The immunity of EU civil servants must be abolished.
    8 demands on subsidiarity:
  1. The use of any means to create a more flexible Europe must be simplified (opt-outs, bilateral and multilateral cooperation etc.).
  2. We need generalised rules for a priori (before adoption) and a posteriori (after adoption of a treaty) opt-outs.
  3. Over-regulation must be reduced. The existing acquis communitaire must be revised and pure red tape laws must be scrapped.
  4. Sunset clauses and other measures must be implemented to keep EU law as lean as possible.
  5. The member states' competences must be clearly listed in a treaty or a constitution so as to prevent any possible intervention of the EU in domains that are not within their jurisdiction.
  6. The flexibility clause must be abolished to limit the EU's power of intervening in any domain they deem necessary.
  7. An independent body should be implemented to check the positive uses of subsidiarity.
  8. Member states, regions, communes and citizens must be allowed to appeal to this independent body.
    5 demands on democracy:
  1. Democratic procedures and the accountability on national levels should be improved by the civil society of the member states.
  2. The separation of powers between the different European institutions must be improved. The predominance of the Commission must be limited.
  3. National Parliaments appoint and dismiss their member of the Commission. The European Parliament has the power to dismiss single commissioners.
  4. The member states, as legitimate bodies, should be able to influence decisions on European level.
  5. A member of a national executive branch must not be allowed to play a legislative role on the EU level without a mandate from the national parliament.
    2 demands on diversity:
  1. The EU may not create an artificial "European identity" at the cost of the member states' different cultural identities.
  2. Any "European Citizenship" process should be fully endorsed by the people of each country; otherwise, it should be dismantled.
 

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