EU reform is around the corner!
The Conference on the Future of Europe created unforeseen demand and political momentum for fundamental treaty change, including more direct democracy, abolishing unanimity in the Council, and introducing the right of initiative for the European Parliament. And on May 4 the European Parliament took a historic vote to invoke Article 48 of the Lisbon Treaty, to change the treaties by means of a new European Convention.
The European Programme at Democracy International is experiencing one of the most exciting times in a decade! Over the course of the past 2 years, I have been working tirelessly with partners from the Citizens’ Take Over Europe coalition to ensure that the Conference on the Future of Europe amounts to actual democratic success, develops ambitious proposals, and paves the way for European reform. In the end, the Conference members put together 325 recommendations - clustered into 49 proposals - for how to reform the EU.
Many adopted proposals warrant major changes to the EU’s founding treaties. This alone is a significant fruit of our advocacy work. At Democracy International, we have called for these institutional and democratic treaty reforms for over 10 years!
I was at the European Parliament in Strasbourg during the Conference on the Future of Europe’s final event on Europe Day, May 9. After spending endless weekends monitoring the Conference and calling for procedural improvements to make the exercise more transparent, democratic, and accountable, it was here that the final speeches of the three EU Presidents at the Conference marked the achievement of more than what most would have dared to hope for.
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