A stronger Europe in a Peaceful World: the proposals of Eumans' Congress

The war that broke out in Ukraine, reveals two major emergencies of our time: in the immediate term, the need to expand and strengthen the alliance of liberal democracies in the world, to put a concrete stop to the aggression of authoritarian regimes; in the medium term, the need to renew our democracy itself, which can no longer function solely on the basis of current electoral mechanisms, but need new forms of participation in order not to lose the trust of citizens.

Today, there is a movement fighting to realize these needs. Eumans - Citizens for Democracy and Sustainability, will hold its founding congress in Poland, a country close to Kiev not only for geographical proximity, but also for the great welcome it is showing to the thousands of war refugees fleeing Ukraine.

But Poland is also the Member State that least respects the rule of law and fundamental freedoms on which the EU Treaties are based, as demonstrated by the infringement procedure launched by the European Commission against the country.

Being in the place that most symbolizes the current crisis of the European Union is a challenge for Eumans!

From March 11 to 13, Eumans will hold its founding congress in Warsaw. Citizens who care about the future of democracy, rule of law and sustainability can participate in the congress with a simple registration at this link.

At the heart of the program, are three key proposals for the relaunch of the European integration process, starting with the most urgent issue: stopping the war in Ukraine through a stronger role of Europe in a peaceful world.

 

Here are the initiatives that Eumans is planning and putting into practice with its founding congress in Warsaw:

Recourse to International Justice
The dramatic events of the war in Ukraine have once again laid bare the need to strengthen international justice.

In the face of the war crimes that Russia is perpetrating with the invasion of Ukraine, it is necessary to appeal to all international bodies and jurisdictions for this purpose. 

To invoke the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court would allow a precise mapping of all the acts likely to fall under the jurisdiction of the Court, identifying from time to time those responsible, and of course, the top leaders, Putin in the lead, guilty of all possible charges. 

Unfortunately, Ukraine has not ratified the Statute of the Court, which would allow the immediate activation of the protection mechanisms. That's why we join the appeal of No Peace Without Justice to President Zelenski to refer to this issue, which certainly would not put an end to the Russian threat in the immediate future, but could have a great symbolic value and be added to other tools that can be made available to the Ukrainian people to help them in their struggle for freedom and independence.

 

A European Citizens Assembly for an EU Foreign and Energy Policy

The selfishness of nation states and the absence of a truly federal project in the European integration process have prevented the EU from acquiring adequate competencies to speak with one voice in foreign and defense policy.

This is not only a damage to the geopolitical power of the Union, but above all a damage to its citizens, forced to remain spectators of the decisions of the global superpowers.

It is for this reason that European citizens, consulted in the "EU in the World/Migration" Panel of the Conference on the Future of Europe, have adopted a series of recommendations asking the European institutions to take a big step forward in the sharing of policies in this field. For example, the recommendation of February 11 and 12 approved in Maastricht calls for the creation of the 'Joint Armed Forces of the European Union', the removal of the unanimity rule in foreign policy matters within the Council, the reduction of dependencies from oil and gas imports (in order to allow both the autonomy of Europe in energy policy as well as ambitious climate and CO2 reduction targets).

Eumans asks that the definition of these recommendations must be entrusted to the citizens themselves, through the establishment of a Citizens Assembly on EU Foreign and Energy Policy, according to international best practices. On this objective we have called the demonstration of March 13, 2021 in Warsaw, moved also by the idea that only a radical reform of policies and competences in this area will allow Europe to really help the Ukrainian people harassed by the Russian invasion.

 

Appeal for the Ukraine in the EU

The recently erupted war in Ukraine confirms that the process of eastward enlargement of the European Union on the one hand and the Atlantic alliance on the other has been too often insufficient and delayed.

Since 2014, Ukrainian citizens have been demonstrating to have their country in the European Union, driven by an aspiration for democracy and a desire to choose the future they preferred for their country. More than a hundred of them were killed.

This was before the then Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was deposed by his parliament and fled to Russia.

Since then, Ukraine's policies have changed radically: the country cooperates regularly with the European Union and has already adapted most of its legislation and economic policies in accordance with the Association Agreement signed with the EU. However, unlike Serbia or Montenegro, accession negotiations with Ukraine have not started: Ukraine has never been officially recognised as a candidate state for EU membership. A formal application has to be submitted, but the real obstacle has been that most European states have not officially declared their support for Ukraine's future EU membership.

Today, the EU is paying the price for stalling from then until now, and for not taking Ukraine out of the Russian sphere of influence once and for all through its annexation to the EU.

In recent days, the dramatic developments in the war have prompted Ukrainian President Zelensky to submit an application to the EU. The proposal has been widely welcomed by Member States, where governments are anxious to offer Ukraine all the support and encouragement they can muster as its weathers Russia's brutal invasion.

In the words of President Zelensky "This will be a key evidence of support for our country. The decisive moment has come to close the long-term strategic discussion once and for all and decide on Ukraine's membership in the European Union."

Eumans joins President Zelensky's appeal and calls on the European institutions and Member States not to shy away from this request and speed up the process of accepting Ukraine as an EU member. An emergency situation calls for an emergency solution, and it is the duty of our institutions to accommodate the aspirations for democracy of citizens who are today living a dramatic condition in the heart of our continent, also because of our inaction.

With these proposals, Eumans stands as the first pan-European movement based solely on the citizens' initiative.

It is not a dream to believe that citizens' participation is the best answer that Europe can give in such a critical moment, but a concrete answer to the inaction of the current intergovernmental mechanism on which the European Union is based.

If you believe in it too, register here and attend the congress!