Europe’s first transnational list has been presented by the European Federalist Party and covers 6 countries (Austria, Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal)
European Federalist Party (EFP) candidates from Austria, Belgium, France, Greece, Italy and Portugal presented their vision for Europe at a joint Press Conference yesterday in Brussels. EFP is the first-ever transnational party, with sections in 16 countries and with candidates for the upcoming European Parliament elections across the continent (a list of candidates is available here: www.votefederalist.eu) .
“In stark contrast with the increasingly vocal anti-Europeans and nationalist parties that are rising in many European Countries, the EFP is convinced that the only way to tackle today’s and tomorrow’s challenges is by building a better Europe. A Europe that is more democratic, more efficient and closer to the people” noted by Pietro De Matteis, co-President of the European Federalist Party and MEP candidate in Belgium.
The candidates stressed the cross-border character of the EFP campaign: “We are the only party that does not stop at national frontiers” pointed out Bengt Beier, MEP Candidate in Austria. In addition “the existence of the EFP has been instrumental for the creation of a federalist coalition in Italy” noted Marco Marazzi, Secretary General of the Italian section of the EFP, and our presence in the political debate has forced other political parties to openly take a position on European federalism stressed Catherine Guibourg, MEP candidate in France.
The European Federalist Party advocates for a) the development of a “social Europe” based on a European minimum income and a European safety net-complementary to national welfare systems- protecting mobile workers/students and job-seekers; b) the establishment of a European industrial policy facilitating the life of Small and Medium Enterprises, the development of European champions and focusing in particular on strategic areas such as youth employment, research, energy and transport; c) the creation of an effective European foreign policy supported by a European diplomacy and army; and for d) institutional reforms leading to the election of the European Commission President, the creation of a Senate representing the federated entities and the reinforcement of the European Parliament which should have the right of legislative initiative.
“After building the Europe of the single market it is now time to build the Europe of citizens” noted Benoit Barbier, MEP Candidate in Portugal. This is even more important if we want to rebuild trust between the European citizens and EU institutions, especially in those countries severely hit by the crisis argued Alfredo Saltiel, MEP Candidate in Greece.
We cannot wait any further, concluded Pietro De Matteis: “Future generations will not excuse our inaction. The choice is between Europe or the decline”.
About the European Federalist Party. The European Federalist Party (EFP) is the only, truly, pan-European political party campaigning for a more democratic and federal Europe. The EFP was founded in 2011 by citizens from all over Europe and has since developed into a cross-border movement with sections in 16 countries. The EFP will have candidates running for the European Parliament elections in 6 countries and they will all be defending the same pan-European programme voted by its members at the 2013 EFP Federal Convention. The EFP contributed to the introduction of several pieces of European legislations including the European Citizens’ Initiative and the EU roaming regulation.