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FUTURE OF EUROPE: CIRCLES OF PROSPERITY AND HOPE (By Giorgio Clarotti UEF – Belgium)

 

FUTURE OF EUROPE: CIRCLES OF PROSPERITY AND HOPE

 

By Giorgio Clarotti (UEF – Belgium) – More complete text at http://taxieuropa.blogactiv.eu/2017/08/17/future-of-eu-circles-of-prosperity-hope-taxistrasbourgeurope/

 

Next month, in his State of the Union speech to the European Parliament, President Juncker should make a bold proposal for a reformed EU. And also propose three to five main new policy proposals. These will help shape the agenda for, e.g. Italian elections, facilitating a pro-EU win.

 

A future for Europe?

Never, since the Delors Commission of the nineties, have the geopolitic, economic and citizen feelings in favour of a stronger European Union (EU) been so strong. President Juncker should take advantage of Brexit linked EU Treaty reforms, current pro-EU citizen sentiment and positive economic news to propose his vision for a post Brexit #FutureOfEurope.

For example, I would propose:

 

A –  Moving to a structure in 3 Concentric Circles EU (#3CCE) with:

  1.  A EUROZONE (EZ) FEDERATION, where EU Ministers (who double as EU Commissioners) manage the Euro, Climate and common Borders. This would be ruled by a streamlined and updated Lisbon Treaty, renamed Constitution, and managed by smaller Commission and European Parliament (EP) [At most all countries in Blue in the map below]
  2. The CURRENT EU would manage all current EU policies plus, possibly, a joint immigration policy involving at least all Schengen members [Blue + Green countries below];
  3. Offering UK to join – after Brexit – a “NEW COMMON MARKET” based on the Rome Treaty – together with other non-EU countries that would join (EFTA, Balkans, Ukraine.. in Red)

 

3 Concentric Circles EU

 

B – Propose policies that would allow to “federate the federalists”

Coming 2 weeks before the German elections and a few months before crucial ones in Austria, Czechia and Italy, the State of the Union (#SOTEU) proposal will set an agenda for a debate on the #FutureOfEurope, giving in particular to Italy a proposal around which a pro-EU horizontal coalition, gathering politicians from centre-left to centre-right could assemble. This might, just might, help them win challenges from Euro-sceptic right and five starred pirates. Its Federal nature would allow European Federations such as UEF, Young European Federalists (JEF), European Movement, Stand-Up for Europe, Pulse of Europe… to weigh into these campaigns, supporting parties that would take-up the Commission proposal. From debates had since March the 25th in Rome, to celebrate the 60 years of the Rome treaty, I would propose:

  1.  To set-up a European Electoral College for electing 73 ‘real’ European delegates already in 2019 European elections. First advocated by European Federalists (See our press release of 19 December 2016, #1Head2Votes, *** Link here) this reform is taking wind in Italy and France.
  2.  European Rational Taxes to replace national levies. The Monti report on own resources advocates them to finance the EU policies, thus getting rid of the ‘national contribution’ and ‘juste retour’ debates. We advocated the #EUPayBack levy for large corporations (http://taxieuropa.blogactiv.eu/2017/03/05/eupayback-corporations-to-pay-for-benefiting-of-the-eu-single-market/). The Monti report features charging a ‘Carbon tax’ and a tax on short term financial transactions. We would add the collection of eco-social duties from countries/companies not respecting the COP21 Paris agreement and conventions of the International Labour Organisation, as well as a levy on Intellectual Property for financing EU Research and Innovation.
  3.  One proposal should address a programme or action (possibly) benefiting all European citizens. The best we’ve got is still developing from the one my wife proposed to Stand-Up for Europe on 3rd December 2016. It is inspired by the Erasmus programme and the recent proposal by the EP to give all 18 years old an InterRail pass. #BecomingEU would allow all Europeans becoming 18 to submit a project to be undertaken in another EU country. This should be named after a famous European selected on line – Jean Monnet or Leonardo would be our pick. The EU would grant €1000 for the youth to fulfil her project as long as it is not only travel. It could be language classes, professional training, internships, exploring the potential of artistic work abroad… This would allow them to learn a language, test a job, a product or a cultural project. Contrary to Erasmus, this would address all Europeans, not only 10% of students.
  4.  My fourth and more complex proposal addresses the estimated 100 million Europeans who feel Globalisation (and the EU) is robbing them and their families of their jobs or future work opportunities. The left overs and the less skilled who fear being replaced by a ‘foreigner’ or a robot. The #VitruvianEconomy would develop and facilitate a transition to solvent and sustainable Human Centred Services (#ByHumans4All) for all European to prosper in an open EU. Agroforestry, Sea farming, Healthcare, Education, Justice, Labour services/professional training, Innovation consulting, Personal care are all labour intensive and human rich services which are needed, but not currently solvent in many cases. I am developing work undertaken by Professor V. Mazzucato and C. Perez – soon available on my blog http://taxieuropa.blogactiv.eu/ for comments and critics.

 NB- This post is submitted for endorsement to the Union of European Federalists (Belgium) and Groupe Europe. It does not represent views of the Commission (for which I work). Re-publishing is possible under Copyleft principles.

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