Calling for a European Constituent Assembly

JEF Europe | Young European Federalists     

Find the PDF version here.

Calling for a European Constituent Assembly

Resolution re-adopted by the Congress of JEF Europe – Malta – November 2017

JEF Europe,

Concerned

?            That a growing number of citizens question the benefits of European integration and the idea of an ever-closer union, that they do not feel represented by EU institutions or are turning to eurosceptic and nationalist parties;

Considering

?            That the EU urgently needs a democratic renewal and to strengthen its internal and external abilities to meet current and future challenges;

?            That the increased use of the intergovernmental method in the past years has to be counterbalanced by enhanced involvement of citizens and their representatives at the European level;

?            That the Lisbon Treaty provides a small margin to strengthen the EU but does not allow for a deepening of integration, and to increase the democratic legitimacy and accountability of EU politics, as would be necessary;

?            That JEF Europe is calling for a constituent assembly to elaborate a federal constitution and to put it to a vote in a pan-European referendum (JEF Europe Political Platform 2017);

?            That in the current situation there are different opinions among member states about the future of European integration, from reservations regarding a strong EU to deeper integration;

Aware

?            That the EU commits itself to involving citizens and representative associations in all areas of EU action (Art. 11 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU));

?            That the constituent assembly method is the ordinary treaty revision method (Art. 48 TEU);

?            That the Lisbon Treaty merely outlines its revision process, thus giving space for political decisions regarding the process and the objective of the revision;

Convinced

?            That citizens should have a stronger voice in EU politics and that the upcoming treaty revision process should be accompanied by a broad public debate and closely involve civil society;

?            That the constituent assembly method has the potential to strengthen the democratic legitimacy of the European integration process by involving citizens in the treaty revision process and illustrates their responsibility for the future of Europe;

?            That the EU has to complete the economic, fiscal and political union outlined in the Blueprint for a deep and genuine Economic and Monetary Union" (submitted by the European Commission in 2012) the Five Presidents’ Report Completing Europe's Economic and Monetary Union, the 2017 White Paper on the Future of Europe, and of the reflection paper on the deepening of the EMU;

JEF Europe therefore

Calls

1.         On the European political parties to start a public debate on the European and national levels on the future of Europe, present their visions to the citizens and elaborate programmes for the constituent assembly;

2.         On the European Parliament to initiate the treaty revision process by elaborating concrete proposals for completing the economic, social, fiscal and political union;

3.         On the European Council to convene a constituent assembly to further develop the proposals of the European Parliament;

4.         To launch the treaty revision process without undue delay;

5.         To exploit as part of this process all possibilities to strengthen the economic and political union within the current treaties;

Urges

6.         the constituent assembly be composed of Members of the European

7.         Parliament and national parliaments, representatives of the national governments and the European Commission;

8.         the constituent assembly to take into account the political will of civil society by closely and formally involving a wide range of civil society organisations representing the diversity of European society, including the European youth;

9.         the constituent assembly to meet in public, all relevant information about the work of the constituent assembly to be published in an easily accessible and transparent way and for the constituent assembly to promote digital dialogue with citizens;

10.   media in all member states to closely follow the constituent assembly and continuously inform the citizens about its work;

Claims

11.   That the constituent assembly should elaborate a strong and comprehensive legal framework, which allows enhanced EU policies, corresponding to internal and external challenges, and ensure sufficient democratic legitimacy and accountability;

12.   That the following intergovernmental conference (Art. 48 TEU) should respect the result of the constituent assembly as the legitimate expression of European citizenspolitical will;

Expects

13.   The new legal framework to be a milestone towards a genuine European federation.