Every May 9th we celebrate the unity of Europe and remember the end of World War II. Robert Schumann’s project was to make a new war on European soil impossible. Today, however, war and destruction have returned to our continent. Vladimir Putin’s aggression against Ukraine threatens the peaceful order we have built in previous decades. For years, Putin has tried to divide and threaten our Union; the atrocities committed in Ukraine remind us that European unity and solidarity are essential. We need to rethink our energy policy and strengthen our security and defense architecture. We must make the Union more effective in order to continue moving towards its original goal: the guarantee of peace and prosperity in Europe.
“Europe will be built on crises and will be the sum of the decisions taken in response to them,” wrote Jean Monnet, author of the Schuman Declaration. Two years ago, at the start of the pandemic, we called on European countries to act together to fight it and to recover. The institutions and states of the Union were at their best. In just two years, we managed to develop a unified policy for the purchase and distribution of the vaccine, on which we built overcoming the pandemic. In just two years, the EU has been able to create and put into action the greatest recovery plan in our history: the greatest in terms of solidarity, the resources mobilized and the will to transform reality, and the greatest in terms of our commitment to the reforms we need. We look at Europe and Europe knew how to respond with the value of solidarity.
The EU is founded primarily on the separation of policy and decision
Today we need solidarity with Ukraine; with those who are fighting for the existence and freedom of their country, and with those who have taken refuge in the European Union. Our firm will is to rebuild the country as an integral part of our community of values. We will also need a Marshall Plan for Ukraine; and we will need solidarity with those member states of the Union that neighbor Ukraine and Russia and are most exposed to the Russian threat, as well as with the largest number of Ukrainian refugees. If we are to remain a strong international player so that the Union can speak with one voice on the world stage, and if we are to preserve the European values of freedom, progress and cohesion, we also need an effective response. to other equally important challenges: the climate emergency, the digitization of our societies, administrations and public services, guaranteeing inclusive growth that maintains cohesion, integrating the European social model, and encouraging scientific research. There is no better tool to meet the current challenges of our countries than the European Union, based on a common history and values and on a common project of peace and prosperity.
To do this, we need commitment and agreement among its Member States. To do this, sometimes it is necessary not to go as far as everyone would like, in exchange for promotion by force, legitimacy and effectiveness of joint actions. The EU is based on the sharing of resources, but above all on joint policies and decisions based on mutual trust, loyalty and solidarity, pursuing the common interests of moving towards a sustainable, inclusive and just future for all our states and citizens. We must keep this in mind every time we call on the Union to act. We are committed to recognizing and integrating the interests of all European citizens: through our national governments and especially through our representatives in the European Parliament and the direct channels of participation offered by the Conference on the Future of Europe. We, the national parliaments, also have a responsibility to participate systematically and in a timely manner in the formation of European policies and standards. First of all, we need to reach out to our citizens and integrate them into a dialogue about the future of Europe, thereby effectively combating populist and nationalist movements advocating a return to societies that are closed in on themselves and alien to the needs and challenges of society. our weather.
We, the Presidents of the German Bundestag, the French National Assembly, the Italian Chamber of Deputies and the Spanish Congress of Deputies, wish to reiterate our conviction that Europe continues to be a common project of peace and prosperity. The states around us and our partners also believe in strengthening the Union, ready to fight climate change and social injustice; and able to stand up for themselves and their values. We welcome with great interest the recommendations presented today by the Conference on the future of Europe, which require due consideration by the European institutions in order to strengthen the work of the Union. We need a strong and united Europe more than ever.
Meritxell BathetChairman of the Congress of Deputies; bass barbelChairman of the German Bundestag; Richard FerranPresident of the French National Assembly and Robert FokoPresident of the Chamber of Italian Deputies.
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