Democracy International: letter to MEPs
Before being elected, 114 Members of EU Parliament pledged to make the EU more democratic. We must now pressure them to commit to their promise during the 2nd half of their term. The EU is in a deep crisis and it can only become closer to the people if the European Parliament takes action. Public pressure makes a difference.
Two days ago, the members of the European Parliament did not just vote for a new president.
The Parliament’s centre-right and liberal groups decided to start a “reflection on the future of Europe”, including the possibility of launching a Convention to prepare a new EU Treaty. And they asked all colleagues to support their demands.
Democracy International welcomes the decision by the political groups to convoke a European Convention but stresses that this assembly must include citizens and civil society in its deliberations.
Europe needs to change course. Three years ago, we already started to campaign for a new democratic convention and a fundamental restart of the European Union. Ahead of the 2014 election for the European Parliament, we asked every candidate to commit to a democratic relaunch of the EU.
Every sixth member of the new elected European Parliament promised us they would start a constitutional process to democratise Europe.
In our open letter, we will ask the European Parliamentarians to renew their promise to start an open dialogue on the future of Europe. The best proposals should then be discussed in a constitutional Convention, and all European citizens must be given the right to vote on the outcome in a pan-European referendum.
More information on the Convention:
Background information on the EU Convention—How, Why, When: www.democracy-international.org/sites/default/files/PDF/convention_brochure_small.pdf
Democracy International’s petition to relaunch EU democracy: www.democracy-international.org/standupnow
EU Parliamentarian Guy Verhofstadt’s plenary speech to reform the EU: https://youtu.be/mTyPtEAqGxk