On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome that is seen as one of the founding treaties of the European Union, civil society organisations and trade unions have issued a joint statement entitled "The Europe we want: Just, Sustainable, Democratic and Inclusive". Based on a call for "A New Europe for People, Planet and Prosperity for All" (september 2016), the statement proposes a vision for the future of Europe. It was sent to European Union officials such as European Commission President Juncker and President Tusk.
While WWF, ETUC, CONCORD, European Movement International, European Women's Lobby, European Youth Forum and all the other organisations that have signed the statement reaffirm their belief in the integration of Europe, they call for a reorientation on European core values. According to the statement "we have entered an era in which the values at the very heart of Europe - democracy and participation, equality and social justice, solidarity and sustainability, respect for the rule of law and human rights - are being undermined".
That is why Europes' leaders should reconsider the current economic model, further engage in tackling global challenges such as climate change, and strenghten democracy and participation.
The statement concludes: "European unity and solidarity are just as important now as they were 60 years ago. Solidarity brought us together and solidarity is the only way forward. None of the current challenges can be solved by one nation or one group of people alone. We expect you [the leaders of Europe] to listen to the people of Europe and to use the occasion of the Rome Summit to make a strong, joint commitment to a better, more sustainable future."
POUR LA SOLIDARITÉ - PLS applauds this initiative.
Let's engage in the Transition, and let's start at home - in Europe.