The Union of European Federalists (UEF) welcomes the European Commission’s communication on the future of Europe presented to the European Convention on 22 May and its call for taking the lead in foreign affairs and economic policy. The UEF hopes that the European Commission and the European Parliament will build an alliance to push for ambitious EU reforms.
Nevertheless, the UEF regrets that the Commission has not clearly defined its position as regards the modalities of election of the President of the European Union. The federalists further criticize that certain EU governments favour a concentration of powers within the Council of Ministers and that Spanish prime minister José María Aznar proposes to give the European Council the powers of electing the EU President and dissolving the EP.
Jo LEINEN MEP, President of the UEF, declared “It is a question of democracy: the European Commission should be developed into a strong, independent and efficient executive, elected and controlled by the European Parliament.”
Finally, the UEF welcomes that small countries such as Finland are in favour of strengthening the role of the European Commission, and notes that only a European Federation of States and people can guarantee the interests of both big and small countries.
Bruno BOISSIERE, UEF European Secretary-General, Tel.: +32-2.508 30 32
The Union of European Federalists (UEF) is an independent, non-governmental, and supranational organisation dedicated to the promotion of a federal Europe.
President : Jo LEINEN, MEP