EU CAN DO IT!

EU CAN DO IT!

Sign the petition to the European Parliament on Covid-19, the social, economic and climate crises.

We are living in extraordinary and risky times.

 

We need the EU to take the leadership in putting in place an action plan able to address in the short and in the medium term concrete actions to answer to the global challenges we are facing today. No State can face alone the consequences of Covid19.

 

We call on the EP to implement the adequate mechanisms to resume its work as soon as possible, and to organize a space for the elaboration, proposal and mobilization of all possible instruments. The current EU institutional system has shown its weakness and inadequacy.

 

In addition to short term measures, it is necessary to relaunch the initiative of democratic reform of the EU in order to make it fit for purpose.

 

The EP must be at the forefront of this effort, and push urge the EU to for a strategy to trigger this path, based on 5 pillars:

➡ giving a systemic and common response of the European Union to the Covid-19 crisis;

➡ enhancing reforming the EU healthcare and civic protection instruments and competences to respond to outbreaks;

➡ implementing all economic, financial and monetary policy measures to allow the EU to unlock resources and common measures to support citizens with the consequences of the pandemic, including measures for the mutualisation of public debts, own resources for the EU budget, according to a radical ecological reform of european taxation (including the acceleration of the Green New Deal);

➡ turning the first stages of the Conference on the Future of Europe into a public online assembly and reshape its goals;

➡ contributing to a global mechanism to prevent and face epidemics and pandemics

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The Petition to the European Parliament was elaborated during the 1st Meeting of the Council on Participatory Democracy on the 19th and 20th of March 2020.

NOBEL PRIZE:
Richard Roberts – Nobel Prize for Medicine

MAYORS:
Leoluca Orlando, Mayor of Palermo (Italy)
Gabriela Staszkiewicz, Mayor of the City of Cieszyn (Poland)
Basílio Horta, Mayor of Sintra (Portugal)
Rui Moreira, Mayor of Porto (Portugal)
Emil Boc, Mayor of Cluj-Napoca
Michele Abbaticchio, Mayor of Bitonto (Italy)
Enea Emiliani, Sindaco di Sant’Agata sul Santerno (Italy)
Christos Doulkeridis, Mayor of Ixelles, Region Bruxelles capitale (Belgium)
Jacek Majchrowski, Mayor of Krakow (Poland)
Joan Ribó Canut, Mayor of Valencia (Spain)
Ullrich Sierau, Lord Mayor of Dortmund (Germany)
​​​​​​​Philip Close, Mayor of Bruxelles (Belgium)

ACADEMICS:
Pr. Mikel Mancisidor – Universidad de Deusto
Pr. Tara Dasgupta Dasgupta – University of the West Indies
Pr. Blanca Mendoza – University Autónoma Madrid
Pr. John Erik Fossum – University of Oslo
Pr. Heiko Pääbo –    University of Tartu”
Maria José Gama Caldas – Université libre de Bruxelles
Richelle Jean – Université libre de Bruxelles
Jose M Requena – Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
Heidi Mertes – Ghent University
Pr. Claudio Radaelli – University College London
Prof. Simona Giordano – University of Manchester, CSEP
Paola Bonfanti – The Francis Crick Institute / UCL
Pr. Alessandro Pluchino – Universitá di Catania
Pr. Andrea Rapisarda – Universitá di Catania
Pr. Bruno Dente – Politecnico di Milano
Frank Neumann – University of Leicester
Paul Arne Oestvaer – University of Oslo
Roberto Aringhieri – University of Turin
Mita Marra – University of Naples “Federico II”
Rosa Colmenarejo – Universidad Loyola Andalucía
K Mohan Raidu Konatham – INFORMATICS INDIA

ORGANIZATIONS:
Enrico Giovannini, co-founder of ASVIS and former Italian Minister of Labour and Social Policies
Istvan Hegedus, Hungarian Europe Society and supporter of the Petition against the Authorisation Law
Charles Jenkins – Association of European Journalists (UK)
Mihaela-Ruxandra Sava – LegalUp.ro (you can find the petition translated in Romanian on the LegalUp blog: https://legalup.ro/eucandoit/)
Roger Casale – New Europeans
Ulrike Guerot – European Democracy Lab
Iga Kamocka – Polish Robert Schuman Foundation
Tony Simpson – Permanent EU Citizenship ECI and Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation
Omri  Preiss – Alliance for Europe
Francois Xavier Mombelli – Le Cannabiste
Simon de Leeuw – DutchCulture, Center for International Cooperation
Reyet Margot – Association Vent d’Ouest
Martina Helmlinger – Grow Scientific Progress
Milutin Milošević – Drug Policy Network South East Europe
Anne Chamayou – Vice President, Volt France
Nikolas Spanoudakis – Euroafederalisterna
Mátyás Bercsényi – Financial Consumer Protection Association
Katja Sinko – The European Moment / European Democracy Lab
Hervé Parmentier – Centre d’Action LaÏque
Toni Venable, Anna Comacchio, Beniamino Brunati – ECIT Foundation
Jesse Colzani – The Good Lobby
Lorenzo Marsili, Niccolò Milanese, Martin Pairet, Susana Carp – European Alternatives
Marco Cappato, Lorenzo Mineo, Virginia Fiume – Eumans
Marco Perduca, Guido Long, Ersilia Vaudo– Science for Democracy
Pier Virgilio Dastoli – Movimento Europeo
Filomena Gallo – Associazione Luca Coscioni per la libertà di ricerca scientifica
Michele Fiorillo – EU Networks Coordinator, Civico Europe
Monica Frassoni – Federalist and Green
Leonardo Monaco – Chairman Certi Diritti
Prof. Roberto Castaldi – CESUE
Prof. Fabio Masini – CESUE
Stefano Rimini – Policy Advisor, European Parliament
Lavinia Scudiero – Grow Scientific Progress
Carlo Caldarini – Bruxelles Laïque
Sabina Ratti – Sustainable Development Solutions Network
Samuele Nannoni – ODERAL
Daniela Vancic – Democracy International
DIEM25 Italia (national collective)
Mateusz Wojcieszak, The Field of Dialogue Foundation (Poland)
Filip Pazderski – Institut of Public Affair (Poland)
Vasile Craciunescu and Dragoi Ionelia – geo-spatial.org (Romania) and promoters of the manifesto to ask complete publication of data on the evolution of the Covid-19 
Nicolaj Grabert – Mother Earth Bodyguards
Ettore Costa – Centro studi e iniziative europeo
Herman Joanne – Federation des maisons médicales francophones

POLITICIANS:
Violeta Bulc – Former EU Commissioner for Transport
Brando Benifei – MEP
Eleonora Evi – MEP
Daniela Rondinelli – MEP
Elisabetta Gualmini – MEP
Pascal Durand – MEP
Sandro Gozi – MEP
Gianna Gancia – MEP
Pietro Fiocchi – MEP
Frédérique Ries – MEP
Massimiliano Smeriglio – MEP
Lia Quartapelle – Italian MP, Democratic Party
Giorgio Trizzino – Italian MP, 5 Stars Movement
Gea Schirò – Former MP
Michele Usuelli – Regional Counsellor Lombardia, +Europa – Radicali
Giorgio Andreoli – Municipal Counsel, II Municipality of Rome

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JOIN US AND ASK THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT TO ADOPT MEASURES TO ADDRESS COVID-19, THE ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CLIMATE CRISIS.


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Petition to the European Parliament – Empowering the EU to address global challenges: from Covid-19 to social, economic and climatic crises

Submitted to the European Parliament on the 24th of March 2020

We are living in extraordinary and risky times. We need the EU to take the leadership in putting in place a plan able to address in the short and in the medium term concrete actions to answer to the global challenges we are facing today. No State can face alone the consequences of Covid19.

We call on the EP to implement the adequate mechanisms to resume its work as soon as possible, and to organize a space for the elaboration, proposal and mobilization of all possible instruments. The current EU institutional system has shown its weakness and inadequacy.

In addition to short term measures, it is necessary to relaunch the initiative of democratic reform of the EU in order to make it fit for purpose.

The EP must be at the forefront of this effort, and push  the EU to trigger this path, based on 5 pillars:

➡ giving  a systemic and common response of the European Union to the Covid-19 crisis;

➡ enhancing  the EU healthcare and civic protection instruments and competences to respond to outbreaks;

➡ implementing all economic, financial and monetary policy measures to allow the EU to unlock ressources and common measures to support citizens with the consequences of the pandemic, including measures for the mutualisation of public debts, own resources for the EU budget, according to a radical ecological reform of  european taxation;

➡ turning the first stages of the Conference on the Future of Europe into a public online assembly and reshape its goals;

➡ contributing to a global mechanism to prevent and face epidemics and pandemics;

The first pillar refers to measures needed to face the Covid-19 emergency in the short term, and should be implemented immediately:

➡ 1. Emergency measures and rule of law

The EU should strengthen and implement its resources and instruments (including the solidarity clause ex art. 222) to support national healthcare and civil protection instruments. This includes harmonizing criteria for the measurement and classification of cases fully activating the EU Mechanism of Civil Protection – with particular attention to the prevention of future epidemics and pandemics – for the supply of the necessary medical equipment and its distribution to the countries and regions most in need.

The EU should also monitor and provide guidelines on the respect of fundamental guarantees of the Rule of Law and civil liberties under restriction policies implemented by Member States during the emergency. Other necessary reforms refer to measures needed to empower the EU to face global challenges such as social and economic recession, climate change. Some of these proposals address a constitutional change of the European Union. Where needed, the EP should activate its powers to propose treaty changes in view of the establishment of a constituent process.

➡ 2. Eu competences on healthcare and civic protection

As proposed in the Treaty establishing a EU approved by the EP in 1984, healthcare and protection should become concurrent competences of the EU, subject to the ordinary legislative procedure. Rather than merely sustain or coordinate the action of Member States under particular circumstances, the EU should frame a harmonic legislation in these strategic fields, in particular through the establishment of a European Civil Protection Corps.

➡ 3. Financial instruments and constitutional reforms

The EP should call on the European Commission to implement a coordinated financial intervention to face the current economic depression and its aftermath. Part of these resources should be used to ensure the ecological conversion of european taxation and promote green investments. In order to facilitate the approval of these measures, the EU should introduce ordinary legislative procedures for all EU competences, including fiscal, budget, financial and foreign policy, by removing unanimity vote.

The following financial measures should be proposed by the EP

  • triggering and increasing the budget of the European Globalization Adjustment Fund to provide financial help for workers made redundant due to the emergency. This funding should be also addressed to poor and homeless people, in order to ensure the right to dignity and housing;
  • withdrawing the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) of  2 May 2018 scheduled to start on 1 January 2021, and proposing a new 5-year MFF providing means to transform the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) into a tool for sustainable growth, and funding for European investment;
  • introducing loans and mortgages (EUROBOND or «European Health Bonds») to finance the immediate strengthening of the European and national health systems to cope with the pandemic, which threatens the lives of millions of citizens, as well as the whole economic and financial sustainable growth stability of the EU;
  • moving fiscal issues to the ordinary legislative procedure and provide the EU with fiscal powers to adopt new own resources – such as a  border carbon tax (and carbon tariffs) – to finance the EU budget (or the Euro-area Budgetary Instrument, if the decision could be reached only at the Euro-area level);
  • reviewing the emission reduction targets of the EU in order to make them coherent with the Paris agreement (between -55% to -65% by 2030) and to equip the EU to become climate neutral by 2050.
  • accelerating the implementation of the Green New Deal.

➡ 4. A constitutional debate to relaunch the Conference on the Future of Europe

The social and political context of the Conference on the Future of Europe, scheduled for the beginning of May 2020, has been disrupted by the pandemic.

The European Parliament should propose a new framing and composition, taking stock from the current health crisis and the devastating impact on the economy. The Conference on the Future of Europe should be confirmed and reshaped , in its first stage, as  a public web conference accessible to all European citizens, with a portion of participants in the Conference randomly selected from the the entire EU population in order to obtain a highly diverse cross-section of European society in terms of geography, gender, age, socio-economic background and/or level of education.

The main goals and topics discussed by the the assembly should be:

  • involving citizens in the debate on the public policies needed to tackle the crisis and the post-crisis recovery;
  • drafting proposals for a new Constitutional Pact among citizens and Member States with the aim of empowering and democratizing European Institutions.

➡ 5. European contribution to global measures

The EP should urge the EU to contribute to:

    • increase financial aid for low and middle-income countries (LMICs) to strengthen and prepare their healthcare systems for new epidemics;

    • ensure global access to essential medicines as listed by the WHO;

    • promoted the ratification of international human rights instruments (in particular the additional protocol to the ICESCR) allowing individual remedies in case of denial of the right to health and the “right to science”, and use the UN General Comment on Science to clarify the obligations under art. 15 of the ICESCR establishing a special rapporteur on the “right to science”;

    • promote international collaboration on data sharing and foster the production of open data – with all the necessary measures to ensure individual privacy – including disease surveillance, creating databases of cases that are immediately and easily accessible to relevant organizations, providing rules requiring countries to share the information produced free of charge;

    • reach consensus on research priorities and trial protocols, in order to allow vaccines and antiviral candidates to move quickly through planned decision-making processes strengthening coordination and platform sharing so that regulatory reviews can take place quickly, based on evidence and medical-scientific needs, enabling suppliers to produce low-cost doses on a large scale in a simple way;

    • strengthen the coordination and sharing of lists including local and international trained teams that can be quickly mobilized;

    • ensure adequate funding, in partnership with the private sector, to enable existing structures to be rapidly reorganised for production during a pandemic, including through proper emergency funds to finance the procurement and distribution of vaccines to populations in need wherever they are.

All these are global issues needing a trans-national mobilisation – only through a widespread and inclusive participation will we be able to tackle the political, diplomatic, technical and budgetary obstacles that are necessary to improve the individual and collective quality of life protecting and promoting our human rights.