Declaration of the members of MEF’s General Assembly adopted in November 19th, La Rochelle.

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The presidential election of spring 2017 delivered a clear message: the vast majority of our compatriots wish for France to remain members of the European Union (EU), and their priority is to be involved in the evolution of the European project and decisions made on our behalf.

Some democratic advances have helped to strengthen the influence of citizens on the invese of the EU: among them, the election of MEPs by directs universal suffrage and the continuous strengthening of their powers, including at a time of designation of the President of the European Commission. But we must go much further, when the cohesion and the future of the EU provoke a lively debate, to democratize European political life.

Let us go further, first, by reforming the voting methods for the European elections. The creation of 13 new regions in metropolitan France offers a historic opportunity to adopt euro-constituencies closer to the ground and that make sense to voters. Let us use them for the elections of the spring of 2019, associating the new less populated regions with their neighbors in order to avoid excessive demographic imbalances. Beware of the backtracking of returning to a single national constituency, on the basis of a poll whose elected representatives would be chosen by political parties corporates without local connection!

With the impending departure on our British friends, we stand use their 73 seats of deputies to experiment transnational lists from 2019, reinforcing the European dimension of the electoral campaign. But let us not go so far as to elect half of the MEPs on the basis of transnational lists in 2024, as proposed by the President of the Republic, since that would again break the necessary local anchoring of the elected representatives of Strasbourg.

We must go further also with regard to the transparency of European decisions. Jean-Claude Juncker was right to publish draft negotiating mandates for trade agreements, which must be subject to political and citizen controls commensurate with the issues at stake: member states should do likewise once these mandates are adopted and throughout the duration of the negotiations.

Controversies over the authorization of glyphosate show that transparency must also be strengthened for everything that comes under the decisions of the “committees” of national representatives governing the action of the Commission. These committees adopt seemingly technical and in fact very sensitive, standards: when will a public inventory of the positions expressed by the Member States at each of their meetings be made?

Council of Ministers meetings adopting legislative decisions are also supposed to be public, but it is difficult to access their retransmissions.

Going further in the democratization of the EU, it is better to control those who decide in our name. The planned demise of the “Troika”, which brought together the Commission, the Central Bank and the IMF side by side with countries like Greece, will put an end to a confusion and opacity very damaging on a civic level. The establishment of a full-time President of the Eurogroup and a subcommittee dedicated to the euro area in the European Parliament would also allow us to see more clearly!

We also need to better control our national representatives: France has the only Head of State and Government who does not report to Parliament on the decisions it takes in the framework of the European Council. Why not allow the President to do so through the announced reform of our Constitution, as proposed by the Bartolone-Winock Report?

The “democratic conventions” on Europe held in 2018 must put such proposals on the table as all at reviving European construction and reforming EU policies. The activists of the European Movement – France will mobilize throughout the territory to guarantee the popular and pluralistic dimension of these Conventions and the taking into account of the recommendations they will issue. They will activate their networks to reinforce the European character of the Conventions so that they are marked by the openness needed a better Europe.

The revival of the European project and its democratization must progress at the same time: reinforces the cohesion which the EU needs more than ever before the extraordinary political and geopolitical challenges that it faces.

Declaration of the members of MEF’s General Assembly adopted in November 19th, La Rochelle.

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The presidential election of spring 2017 delivered a clear message: the vast majority of our compatriots wish for France to remain members of the European Union (EU), and their priority is to be involved in the evolution of the European project and decisions made on our behalf.

Some democratic advances have helped to strengthen the influence of citizens on the invese of the EU: among them, the election of MEPs by directs universal suffrage and the continuous strengthening of their powers, including at a time of designation of the President of the European Commission. But we must go much further, when the cohesion and the future of the EU provoke a lively debate, to democratize European political life.

Let us go further, first, by reforming the voting methods for the European elections. The creation of 13 new regions in metropolitan France offers a historic opportunity to adopt euro-constituencies closer to the ground and that make sense to voters. Let us use them for the elections of the spring of 2019, associating the new less populated regions with their neighbors in order to avoid excessive demographic imbalances. Beware of the backtracking of returning to a single national constituency, on the basis of a poll whose elected representatives would be chosen by political parties corporates without local connection!

With the impending departure on our British friends, we stand use their 73 seats of deputies to experiment transnational lists from 2019, reinforcing the European dimension of the electoral campaign. But let us not go so far as to elect half of the MEPs on the basis of transnational lists in 2024, as proposed by the President of the Republic, since that would again break the necessary local anchoring of the elected representatives of Strasbourg.

We must go further also with regard to the transparency of European decisions. Jean-Claude Juncker was right to publish draft negotiating mandates for trade agreements, which must be subject to political and citizen controls commensurate with the issues at stake: member states should do likewise once these mandates are adopted and throughout the duration of the negotiations.

Controversies over the authorization of glyphosate show that transparency must also be strengthened for everything that comes under the decisions of the “committees” of national representatives governing the action of the Commission. These committees adopt seemingly technical and in fact very sensitive, standards: when will a public inventory of the positions expressed by the Member States at each of their meetings be made?

Council of Ministers meetings adopting legislative decisions are also supposed to be public, but it is difficult to access their retransmissions.

Going further in the democratization of the EU, it is better to control those who decide in our name. The planned demise of the “Troika”, which brought together the Commission, the Central Bank and the IMF side by side with countries like Greece, will put an end to a confusion and opacity very damaging on a civic level. The establishment of a full-time President of the Eurogroup and a subcommittee dedicated to the euro area in the European Parliament would also allow us to see more clearly!

We also need to better control our national representatives: France has the only Head of State and Government who does not report to Parliament on the decisions it takes in the framework of the European Council. Why not allow the President to do so through the announced reform of our Constitution, as proposed by the Bartolone-Winock Report?

The “democratic conventions” on Europe held in 2018 must put such proposals on the table as all at reviving European construction and reforming EU policies. The activists of the European Movement – France will mobilize throughout the territory to guarantee the popular and pluralistic dimension of these Conventions and the taking into account of the recommendations they will issue. They will activate their networks to reinforce the European character of the Conventions so that they are marked by the openness needed a better Europe.

The revival of the European project and its democratization must progress at the same time: reinforces the cohesion which the EU needs more than ever before the extraordinary political and geopolitical challenges that it faces.