Η ομάδα των S&D Σοσιαλιστών και Δημοκρατών του Ευρωπαϊκού Κοινοβουλίου διοργάνωσε στις 24/3/17 στη Ρώμη, συνέδριο για να τιμήσει την Συνθήκη της Ρώμης, με την υπογραφή της οποίας άρχισε η πορεία ενοποίησης των Ευρωπαϊκών Κρατών που σήμερα αποτελούν την Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση. Στο συνέδριο με τίτλο TOGETHER, έγιναν τοποθετήσεις και συζήτηση γύρω από το μέλλον της Ε.Ε. και την ουσιαστική συμβολή των Σοσιαλδημοκρατών στην εξελικτική αυτή πορεία προς μια πιο δίκαιη, πιο δημοκρατική και πιο ανθρώπινη Ευρώπη.
Στο συνέδριο μίλησε και ο George Napolitano, 91 ετών σήμερα, πρωτεργάτης και σκαπανέας της ένωσης των κρατών της Ευρώπης.
Στο τέλος του συνεδρίου εγκρίθηκε ψήφισμα το οποίο παραθέτουμε, όπως και τη τοποθέτηση της Αντιπροέδρου του Κ.Σ. ΕΔΕΚ, Μαρίας Βασιλειάδου, η οποία εκπροσώπησε το κίνημα στο συνέδριο και στις εκδηλώσεις που ακολούθησαν.
-DECLARATION ON THE FUTURE OF EUROPE – Shaping our Future TOGETHER
60 years after the Rome Treaties, the European Union needs to assert itself as a powerful democratic entity delivering peace, freedom, security, sustainable development and prosperity for all its citizens. For us, this is a key moment to shape a new positive future for our Union, to work for unity, cohesion and openness, against divisions and new walls, fighting against neoliberalism, nationalism and populism. Together, we stand for:
A European Union for shared prosperity!
The single market has to work for all Europeans. We must ensure that everyone has decent living and working conditions and opportunities to improve their lives. Europe’s labour and social standards need to be updated to match the challenges of the 21st century. We need a new growth model with a strong European Pillar of Social Rights and a true European Youth Plan.
We need to stimulate the economy with a powerful European investment strategy focused on sustainable development, new technologies, better jobs and stronger economic and social convergence upward. This requires a Community budget with proper own resources as well as a Eurozone budget. We also need tough measures to tackle tax evasion and avoidance as well as to fight social dumping.
A European Union for strong democracy!
We reaffirm our strong commitment to basic European values. The respect for human rights, freedom, democracy, the rule of law are the fundamental principles on which our Union is based and we want an EU that can uphold these principles and promote them beyond its borders. We stand for an open and tolerant Europe, based on equality between all people regardless of race, gender, religious beliefs or sexual orientation.
If we want an EU capable of tackling the challenges of the 21st century, it needs to have real capacity to deliver common good and it must function in an open and transparent way. Democracy and sovereignty at European level should enrich democracy and sovereignty at national level. This requires education on Europe and pluralism of media, informing citizens about their rights and enabling them to make central democratic choices, including on European priorities and on the President of the European Commission.
A European Union for security and protection of fundamental rights!
We need to find better, durable solutions on migration and asylum. This means building up a truly European Asylum System where human rights are respected and responsibilities are shared among all member states. Refugees must find protection and all necessary support for their good integration in society. At the same time, we need to secure Europe’s external border.
Europe must also become more self-sufficient in terms of external and internal security. Europe needs to act more coherently on defence and security, with greater autonomy in defence capabilities and more integration in areas such as common management of operations, procurement and cybersecurity. We also need to develop greater cooperation between national police forces and have better information sharing to fight terrorism more effectively.
However, a feeling of security depends also on general living conditions, respect of citizens’ rights and an environment of tolerance instead of radicalisation. We must do more to strengthen Europeans’ socio-economic security.
A European Union for international cooperation!
At a time when some global players are undermining the multilateral principles of the international system and nationalistic tendencies are gaining strength, Europe is a natural champion of international cooperation. We need to continue standing up for peace, human rights, the Sustainable Development Goals and the fight against climate change. Our external policies and trade policy must be based on these values and goals, and focus even more on labour standards, social fairness, tax justice and environmental protection.
The EU can thrive in the decades ahead, as long as we Europeans stay together and work together for better European solutions to cope with all our common challenges. We the people are stronger than the forces of division or fear. Member States can only be strong if Europe is strong. Rome must be the moment to reaffirm why we stand united and to show common resolve in shaping a stronger future together. We need to return to the path of social justice and shared prosperity. This is Europe’s progressive choice!
Η τοποθέτηση της κ. Βασιλειάδου:
“European identity should be reinforced along with the existing national identity in order to create togetherness and build solidarity bonds among all Europeans .
Staying together , be united means sharing all the positive and negative factors and promoting human rights without compromises. This is the Europe, this is the union we should be aiming at.
Supporting each other, creating a homely feeling for all Europeans wherever they live, 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 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.“