A European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) for ‘a European Special Plan for Sustainable Development and Employment’
Several press conferences took place in Brussels and other European capitals on March 24th to launch the campaign of the European Citizens' Initiative New Deal for Europe for a European Special Plan for Sustainable Development and Employment.
The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), as foreseen by article 11 of the Lisbon Treaty (Treaty on the European Union-TEU), entitles one million citizens of the European Union (EU) coming from at least seven Member states, to invite the European Commission to submit a legislative proposal within the framework of the competence provided to the EU by the Treaty.
This campaign aims at reacting against the acceptance of an austerity and unemployment-based Europe. It is high time to foster a strong grassroots movement calling for a Social Europe through the implementation of a New Deal for Europe. This New Deal should finance:
• a sustainable development plan,
• an emergency plan for youth employment,
• and, for this purpose, a European Solidarity Fund.
The plan should amount at least to €350 – 400 billion over three years. It has to be financed with own resources coming from:
• a tax on financial transactions to penalize financial speculation (the European Commission foresees a revenue that is worth at least €30 bn/year);
• a carbon tax to fight climate change and promote the transition to renewable energy (which should be worth at least €50 bn/year);
• and Euro-bonds, in particular the Euro project bonds.
The ECI proposal is promoted and supported by a wide array of political, economic and social forces: European federalists, trade unions, civil society organizations, mayors of major cities, and personalities of the cultural world. National committees for its promotion were set up in Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain. Further committees are being set up in other European Union countries.
In Belgium, the following organizations are members of the Committee: Palombella Association, C.E.T.R.I-T.I.R.E.S., Club of Rome, Permanent Forum of European Civil Society, Federalist Intergroup, Free Thinking for Europe, UEF Group Europe, UEF-Belgium, U4U-EU Institutions’ Unions.
Further information about the Initiative and the collection of signatures: www.newdeal4europe.eu
Brussels, March 24th, 2014
Visit the webpage of the Belgian Committe.