A single seat of the EU in the UN Security Council

As adopted by the Federal Committee in Copenhagen, Denmark, 2012

JEF Europe,

Considering that the member states of the United Nations (UN) are debating the reform of the Security Council over and over again since the 1980s,

Convinced that the reform of the Security Council as the central organ of international peace and security is imperative because of the inefficiency and undemocratic character of the current system and the ever- growing role of the UN in dealing with international security issues and in implementing the international rule of law as it has been shown recently with regard to lasting conflicts over the world,

Believing that it is the wish of a large majority of Europe an citizens to be represented jointly at the world level as Europeans,

Regretting the absence of any direct representation for the European Union in the UN Security Council, which can be considered as a regional sub-organisation within the UN, as it is t he world’s second largest economy, the biggest contributor of development and humanitarian aid and a major player in peace- building and security sector reform,

Regretting that the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) of the EU is all but a “commonpolicy” as there is a serious lack of coordination, unified conductorship, coherency and complementarity,

Stressing the need of federalisation of the European external policies in order to ensure the promotion of the European ideals of peace, democracy, justice, state of law and the protection of human rights, which are to a great extent running in parallel with the ideals of the United Nations,

Stressing that although the Lisbon Treaty does not introduce a truly Single European Foreign Policy, it underlines in Art. 47 that the Union shall have legal personality and thus paves the way for a single representation of the EU in international organisations, moreover, Art. 34 states that “When the Union has defined a position on a subject which is on the United Nations Security Council agenda, those Member States which sit on the Security Council shall request that the High Representative be invited to present the Union's position.”


JEF Europe therefore,

Demands that the UN Member States strive for amending the UN Charter in such a way that the Security Council can permanently accommodate regional seats, among others, a single EU seat,

Calls on the EU to make full use of the provisions embedded in the Lisbon Treaty, adopt new provisions strengthening common European voice and building up single EU foreign and security policy,

Calls on the governments and Parliaments of the Member States, the European Parliament and Commission to demand a single permanent seat for the EU in the UN Security Council which should be given to the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy,

Demands all member states of the EU who are advocating a national permanent seat in UN Security Council to take into account the aim of making concrete effort in order to achieve a single European seat and that their actions should not damage this while protecting European strategy,

Recommends the EU to hold a meeting of the EU ambassadors in New York led by the High Representative who will decide on the position to be sustained inside the UN by the High Representative before every Security Council meeting.