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THE EUROPEAN FEDERALIST PARTY PRESENTS ITS CANDIDATES.

Europe’s first transnational list has been presented by the European Federalist Party and covers 6 countries (Austria, Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal)

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 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.

1 Comment on THE EUROPEAN FEDERALIST PARTY PRESENTS ITS CANDIDATES.

  1. Christos.Bezirtzoglou@ec.europa.eu // May 19, 2014 8:06 pm at May 19, 2014 8:06 pm //

    Dear Sir,

    I would be glad if you could publish the euro-candidates of the Greek coalition

    Bridges (Gefyres) union of Recreate Greece (Dimiourgia Xana) + Action (Drassi) http://www.gefyres.com.gr/bios.html

    1. Nikos Alyfantis

    2. Maria Artemi

    3. Dionisios Vinieratos

    4. Anna Garidou

    5. Areti Georgili

    6. Dianelos Georgoudis

    7. Ermela Gianna

    8. Giorgos Giannoulis-Giannoulopoulos

    9. Thomas Gitopoulos

    10. Alexandra Gyalistra

    11. Dimitris Dionisopoulos

    12. Androniki Eugenidou

    13. Areti Ioannou

    14. Georgios Kesarios

    15. Georgios Karavanas

    16. Marilyn Karoni

    17. Amphithea Kapsouli-Svensen

    18. Spyros Kitsinelis

    19. Fotis Kokotos

    20. Serafim Kotrotsos

    21. Margarita Koukoutsaki

    22. Dimitris Kouletsis

    23. Elias Konstas

    24. Dimitrios Laios

    25. Petros Lefkovits

    26. Despoina Limniotaki

    27. Elias Lostromos

    28. Antigoni Lymperaki

    29. Nikos Mavridis

    30. Christos Bezirtzoglou

    31. Georgios Bitros

    32. Georgia Panopoulou

    33. Maria Papadopoulou

    34. Theodosis Papatheodorou

    35. Georgios Papapavlou

    36. Panagiotis Pergantas

    37. Alfredo Saltiel

    38. Dimitris Siolios

    39. Charalampos Stamelos

    40. Terzopoulou Theodora-Afrodite

    41. Theodoros Tonas

    42. Vasilis Tsiatsiamis

    Our European affiliation is ALDE.

    The Greek press release is available at http://www.dimiourgiaxana.gr/el/%CE%B3%CF%81%CE%B1%CF%86%CE%B5%CE%B9%CE%BF-%CF%84%CF%85%CF%80%CE%BF%CF%85/%CE%B4%CE%B5%CE%BB%CF%84%CE%B9%CE%B1-%CF%84%CF%85%CF%80%CE%BF%CF%85/1504-%CF%87%CF%84%CE%AF%CE%B6%CE%BF%CF%85%CE%BC%CE%B5-%CE%B3%CE%AD%CF%86%CF%85%CF%81%CE%B5%CF%82-%CE%BC%CE%B5%CF%84%CE%B1%CF%81%CF%81%CF%8D%CE%B8%CE%BC%CE%B9%CF%83%CE%B7%CF%82-%CF%83%CF%84%CE%B7%CE%BD-%CE%B5%CE%BB%CE%BB%CE%AC%CE%B4%CE%B1-%CE%BA%CE%B1%CE%B9-%CF%84%CE%B7%CE%BD-%CE%B5%CF%85%CF%81%CF%8E%CF%80%CE%B7

    The CVs of the candidates are available at http://www.gefyres.com.gr/bios.html

    Best regards,

    Christos BEZIRTZOGLOU
    Candidate MEP

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