My Fellow Citizens,
During the coronavirus lockdown, an appeal was launched by New Europeans.
Our idea is to “explore whether, through the mainstreaming into current European affairs of healthcare and civil protection matters, we can shape a new XXI century phase of the European integration process”.
Our purpose is “to galvanize again the European “demos”, which seems at the moment largely “sick and tired” of the “status quo””.
A significant date was chosen: 9 May 2020, seventy years after the Schuman Declaration.
Six days after, on 15 May, the European Parliament adopted a resolution which stressed that “European citizens must be at the heart of the recovery strategy” and called “for the creation of a new stand-alone European Health Programme”.
Nine days later on 18 May, France and Germany proposed “to reinforce our strategic health sovereignty through an EU Health Strategy”.
They advocated a “deep reflection on the lessons to be learnt from the crisis”, noting that “the Conference on the Future of Europe will provide an opportunity to open a large democratic debate on the European project, its reforms and its priorities”.
Sixteen days later, on 27 May, the President of the European Commission presented at the European Parliament “Next Generation EU”, a mega-program for post-coronavirus relief that, “beyond showing solidarity to overcome the crisis of today”, proposes a “new generational pact” towards “a green, digital and resilient future”.
The aim is nothing less than “rediscover the power of the idea of a united Europe”.
Has ourrequest played any role in determining such a huge U-turn in EU affairs? Of course, it did.
When somebody pursues a “bottom up approach”, it goes without saying that it should be an “open source” endeavor, where every flock may create a rolling snow ball, where our little spark may ignite a bonfire of hope in the future of Europe.
Every every spark is absolutely vital to sustain the momentum at this critical venture.
On 1 July 2020, at the beginning of next German EU Presidency, we will submit our appeal to the European Authorities, with a road map towards a conference on “European Union post coronavirus, lessons learnt”.
If you want to join us with your signature, you will be most welcome.