The implementation of the European acquis and how it ensures a democratic and viable solution of the Cyprus problem”
Dear Ambassador of Slovakia, dear compatriots,
On behalf of the Socialist Party of Cyprus EDEK, I welcome you at today’s meeting. I want to thank the Ambassador of Slovakia Mrs Oksana Tomova separately, for her continuous efforts to achieve a peaceful solution to our problem. Today, 28th of June 2017 is an important and crucial day for Cyprus, as the talks for a democratic, just, and viable solution to the Cyprus Problem continue in Crans Montana.
In order to create a sense of togetherness and build solidarity bonds among all Europeans, the promotion of a European Identity should be reinforced along with the existing national identity. Staying together, be united, means sharing both the positive and negative challenges and promoting human rights without compromises. That’s the Europe, that’s the union we should be aiming for.
Supporting each other, creating a homely feeling for all Europeans wherever they live, whatever their origin is, strengthening the feeling of belonging in the same family would positively expand the framework of european values and reinforce the feeling of security.
<European Union governing bodies, core EU leaders and representatives at all levels, should be far ahead promoting, supporting, representing the interests of each and every European citizen and the interests of state members beyond EU borders forming by this way a strong alliance that would promote the sense of belonging to the same family and the sense of sharing the same framework of principles and values. The acquis communautaire should be implemented in all forms and under any circumstances with no exemption by all member states.>
The latter, was my contribution at the conference of the European Social Democrats that took place on the 25th March, 2017 in Rome, when State or Government Heads and Presidents of the EU Institutions came together to mark the 60th anniversary of the signature of the Rome Treaty, a treaty which laid the foundations the European Union as we know it today.
The acquis communautaire is the shared body of rights and obligations that govern the European Union. According to the stated principles of the European Union, the European acquis encompasses the principles and political objectives of the Union’s Treaties, the legislation adopted pursuant to the Treaties and the case-law of the Court of Justice, the declarations and resolutions within the Union framework, actions related to the common foreign and security policy, acts concluded in the framework of justice and home affairs, and international agreements by the Union, as well as those concluded by the Member States with each other in the field of the Union’s activities.
As a Socialist party we believe in:
– Equality for all citizens; irrespective of ethnic, religious, social or economic background;
– Harmonious cooperation;
– The narrowing of the income inequality gap;
– The creation of equal opportunities for all citizens to issues pertaining education and health.
Deeply embedded within the European acquis, is the respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of people belonging to minorities, in accordance with Article 1a of the Treaty of Lisbon. Integral parts of the acquis are also, the fundamental freedoms of the Union, namely the freedom of movement of persons, services, goods and capital which are embodied in primary and secondary EU law. Other important components of the European acquis are:
the elimination of any internal borders, the internal market, the competitive social market economy, economic, social and territorial cohesion and solidarity between the Member States, and the equality among the member states.
Constituting a member state since 2004, the AC is already in force in Cyprus, and upon a possible solution to the Cyprus Problem, we hope that the acquis communautaire will be applied to the whole island. With a solution to the Cyprus Problem, all Cypriot citizens (Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots and all legal citizens) will be able to enjoy the benefits of the acquis as outlined above.
The basic route for the application of the AC in the case of a forthcoming solution to the Cyprus Problem is the respect to the four fundamental freedoms of the European Union.
In the area of freedom of movement for people, the removal of barricades will allow for legal and free mobility throughout the island. The citizens of the island will be free to travel, settle and work around the island without any legal limitations.
Regarding the freedom of movement of goods, the latter will be ensured through the elimination of customs duties, quantitative restrictions and the prohibition of any other measure of this nature. The citizens of the island will be able to transfer and trade goods throughout the island.
Through freedom of movement, not only the quality of goods and services will improve but also open access to all European goods and services will be facilitated. Trade with both EU member states and other countries will also be eased.
As far as the basic freedom of capital movement is concerned, this liberalisation of capital movements will contribute to the establishment of the single market by completing other freedoms. It is also expected to encourage economic progress by through the efficient investment of capital.
The fourth basic freedom concerns the free movement of services. Self-employed and professionals or legal persons legally operating in a Member State may: (i) conduct economic activity in a stable and continuous manner in another Member State (freedom of establishment) or (ii) offer and provide their services in other Member States on a temporary basis, remaining established in the country of origin (freedom to provide services). This requires the abolition of all discrimination based on nationality and if we want to enjoy these freedoms at their full, initiating measures to facilitate their exercise, in particular, the harmonisation of access rules or mutual recognition. All Cypriot citizens, will be able to conduct economic activities, offer and provide their services, not only all over the island but also in the other Member States of the European Union.
Besides the four basic freedoms of the European Union, all Cypriot citizens will benefit from several other EU regulation such as food safety, environmental protection and children’s toys.
• Food safety: There are specific rules and criteria regarding food safety that need to comply with the EU food safety regulations. This will lead to safer and healthier food products. With food safety regulations slaughterhouses will have to meet specific requirements, leading to more control of the products.
• Environmental Protection: The EU has in place a thorough list of environmental regulations. Some of them are fuel controls, emission controls, blue flag beach certifications, Natura 2000 (for protected environment areas) etc. All these regulations will be for the best interest of not only the island’s nature but for its citizens too.
• Children’s’ Toys: Toys and especially children’s toys will have to pass from certain controls before reaching the shelves.
In its White Paper on the future of Europe, adopted on 1st March, the European Commission maps out the drivers of change in the next decade and presents a range of scenarios for how Europe can evolve by 2025. In doing so, it starts a debate that should help focus minds and find new answers to an old question: What is the future that we want for ourselves, for our children and for our Union?
<Europe’s founding fathers were visionaries – Spinelli and Rossi, imprisoned by a fascist regime, dared to dream of a place where allies and adversaries would unite. Unable to speak freely, they penned a manifesto For a free and United Europe which had to be circulated secretly in Rome among the Italian resistance movement in 1943.
Writing this manifesto – this new chapter – Spinelli and Rossi decided not to cling to the darkness surrounding them in their Ventotene prisons cells. They stretched out their arms to the light instead. They dreamed of a better future and paved the way towards it.> Brussels, 1 March 2017
Speech by President Juncker at the Plenary Session of the European Parliament
AND THE QUESTION IS: Dear compatriots, dear friends, are we going to move forward together? are we ready to share the light, trust each other, share the values of EU and build together our common future within The European Union,?
We are political parties, we represent people. Citizens will tell us what they expect of the European Union and the acquis communautaire, what they expect from us. They will likely express their doubts, their questions, but also their hopes. Then it is for us to respond. Evaluating the pros and cons will help us formulate good answers.
Now is our time to be pioneers and carve out a vision so that we may walk hand in hand, united as one country, one people, one identity, towards our common and integrally blended future within the framework of the European Union and European values.
28 June 2017