The Winners and Losers of the European Promise
Sixty years ago, Europe grew as a promise of peace, freedom, well-being and democracy out of hte ashes of war.
Today, many Europeans benefit from free movement, cheaper flights and no more roaming fees. EU workers are entitled to four weeks paid holidays a year.
Our cities have the lowest air pollution in the world. We can live, work or retire anywhere in the EU. Six of the top ten world’s countries in terms of voting participation are Member States.
The EU is meant to be a driver of economic progress. Yet, despite overall long-term economic growth, the European promise is challenged by rising and intolerable inequalities between the rich and the poor.
A quarter of Europeans face poverty or social exclusion. The number of people “left-behind” is rising and the many that fear being left behind are anxious about their future and have lost trust in the political system.
The challenge to democrcy when people fear for their future
Built on advacnements in rights and democracy, on victories against dictatorship and authoritarian regimes, on struggles to overcome colonialism, patriarchy and racism, our common heritage, together with our welfare models, is being eroded, as are many people’s hopes and aspirations for a better way of life.
Unifying the markets without upscaling rights and equality has been a great mistake and the price we risk paying for it is high.
The growing audience for and electoral success of regressive populist agendas across Europe shows more than ever that current policies do not properly address people’s expectations.
More and more people think that Europe is not an answer to their problems.
Nationalism, xenophobia, identity politics based on exclusion are becoming substitutes for a shared future.
Course of policies
In his State of the Union address, President Juncker welcomed positive winds in Europe’s sails, with economic growth back and investments plans on track.
The question is then: who is to benefit from these winds?
The current model has led to fragmentation, social and inter-generational competition, tensions between creditor and debtor countries, fear and tensions between natives and migrants, competition between people facing poverty and precarious situations.
The challenge is to bring more democracy, equality and solidarity for all in order to break down the vicious circle of unjust policies and populist responses.
A Europe that serves people and the planet
We believe Europe is our common future, but another Europe is necessary, urgent and possible; a more democratic Europe where social and environmental rights come before economic interests.
We think Europe should implement ambitious social and economic convergence policies
This hsould be done to curb the great imbalances between countries and territories, social groups and people, men and women in Europe, in our neighborhoods, regions and in the whole world.
We call for a truly inclusive European social model that combines well-being and an economy beyond GDP, a model that serves the people and the environment.
The EU, nation states, local authorities and communities should be co-active parts of this fairer, more inclusive, more sustainable solution. Soft power is not enough to answer hard realities! We need policies!
A democracy that gives voice to all
We do not acccept anymore that the voices of those who still believe Europe is the place to regain social, economic, political, democratic, cultural and environmental rights, remain at the margins of the political debate, most often in opposition and resistance.
Time has come to deepen democracy alongside the electoral process with citizens’ participation for the effective implementation of these rights.
A truly democratic society needs open and responsive institutions and a strong and recognized civic society. People power and informed citizens are key to the democratic functioning of our societies.
A wellspring of solidarity uniting European people
Civic actors who share this vision, will engage in debate with political leaders, the institutions responsible for designing Europe’s future and the media ahead of the EU 2019 elections.
And, most of all, we call upon citizens all across Europe to reclaim and practice together, by raising our voices and strengthening our alliances and common work:equality, solidarity and inclusion, which should be at the core of the debate on the future of Europe and our societies.
Instead of putting the Italian, Swedes, British or Poles first, we need an innovative and courageous plan for Europe in common.
A Europe based on democracy and freedom, rights and equality, social and climate justice, solidarity and inclusiveness, peace and environmental sustainability
A Buon Diritto – Italy
A Praça Association – Portugal
Academia Cidadã | Citizenship Academy – Portugal
ACMOS – Italy
ACRA – Italy
Action Luxembourg Ouvert et Solidaire – Ligue des Droits de l’Homme (ALOS-LDH) – Luxembourg
Association Européenne pour la Défense des Droits de l’Homme – Belgium
AEGEE – European Students’ Forum – Belgium
Albanian College Durres – Albania
AOI – Associazione ONG Italiane – Italy
ARCI Associazione – Italy
Articolo 21 – Italy
Asociația Informală a Vocilor pentru Incluziune – Romania
Asociatia Pro Democratia – Romania
Association for Defense of Human Rights in Romania-the Helsinki Committee – Romania
Associazione Antigone – Italy
Associazione artistica orizzonti inclinati – Italy
Associazione di difesa e tutela degli utenti e dei consumatori (USICONS) – Italy
Associazione Incontro fra i Popoli – Italy
Associazione italiana giuristi democratici – Italy
Assopace Palestina – Italy
Bratislava Policy Institute – Slovakia
Bundesnetzwerk Bürgerschaftliches Engagement – Germany
Civilizáció – Hungary
Club amici di Salvatore Quasimodo di Como – Italy
CNVOS Center of NGOs – Slovenia
Comitato Tre Ottobre – Italy
Comitato verità è giustizia per i nuovi desaparecidos – Italy
Community Development Institute – IRZ Tetovo – Macedonia
Concord Italia – Italy
Consorzio delle Ong Piemontesi (COP) – Italy
Coordinamento VIM Volontari Italiani per il Madagascar – Italy
Cultura è Libertà – Italy
Defender a quien Defiende– Spain
Democracy International – Germany
Društvo Asociacija – Slovenia
Društvo DIH – Enakopravni pod mavrico – Slovenia
Društvo novinarjev Slovenije – Slovenia
Dziewuchy Berlin – Germany
Ecologistas en acción – Spain
Enigm Internazionale – Italy
Estonian Network of Not-for-profit Organisations – Estonia
Europa in movimento – Italy
European Alternatives – Europe
European Civic Forum – France
European Dialogue – Slovakia
European Federation of Journalists – Belgium/Europe
European House/Europa Haz – Hungary
European Institute Foundation – Bulgaria
FILEF Coordinamento nazionale – Italy
ForumSaD – Forum permanente per il sostegno a distanza – Italy
Fundacion CIVES – Spain
Fundatia pentru Dezvoltarea Societatii Civile – Romania
Generator Vranje – Serbia
GO FREE – the Association for the Support of Civil Society – Romania
GONG – Croatia
Greek Forum of Refugees – Greece
Grup de Periodistes Ramon Barnils – Spain
Gruppo Abele Onlus – Italy
Inclusive Works – The Netherlands
Inicijativa za Razvoj i Saradnju (IDC) – Serbia
Instytut Spraw Publycznych – Poland
Interessenvertretung Gemeinnütziger Organisationen (IGO) – Austria
IPSIA ACLI – Italy
Iridia – Spain
Irish Council for Civil Liberties – Ireland
Justice and Peace – The Netherlands
La Ligue de l’Enseignement – France
La Ligue de l’Enseignement – Pas-de-Calais – France
L’Altra Europa con Tsipras – Italy
Latvian Platform for Development Cooperation (LAPAS)– Latvia
Latvijas Pilsoniskā alianse – Latvia
LDH Béziers – France
Legal Sol – Spain
Legambiente – Italy
Le Mouvement Associatif – France
Libera.Associations, names and numbers against mafias – Italy
Ligue des Droits de l’Homme (LDH) – France
ManaBalss.lv – Latvia
Mani Tese – Italy
Medici per la Pace – Italy
Netherlands Helsinki Committee – The Netherlands
Netwerk Democratie – Netherlands
Network for Police Monitoring – United Kingdom
Nevyriausybinių organizacijų informacijos ir paramos centras (NISC) – Lithuania
New Europeans – United Kingdom
Novact – Spain
No Somos Delito – Spain
Nyt Europa – Denmark
OFOP – National federation of Polish NGOs – Poland
ONG M.A.I.S. – Italy
Osservatorio AiDS – Aids Diritti Salute – Italy
Osservatorio Repressione – Italy
Polish Women’s Strike – Poland
Pour la Solidarité – Belgium
Progetto Mandela – Italy
Rete Italiana di Solidarieta’ Colombia Vive – Italy
SLOGA – Platforma NVO za razvoj, globalno učenje in humanitarno pomoč – Slovenia
Slow Food Roma – Italy
Society for Transparency – Delna – Latvia
Solidarietà e Cooperazione CIPSI – Italy
SPIRALIS – Czech Republic
Terra Nuova – Italy
The ECI campaign – Belgium
The European Moment – Europe
The Wheel – Ireland
Umanotera – Slovenia
Un Ponte Per… – Italy
Volonteurope – United Kingdom
Volunteering Matters – United Kingdom
We are Europe! – Germany
Welcoming Europe Initiative – Europe
Welcoming Europe. Per un’Europa che accoglie – Italy
Youth Forum Bitola – FYR Macedonia
Youth for Youth – Romania
Zavod Primorsko svetovalno središče, Koper – Slovenia