Trasformazione del Consiglio in un Senato europeo

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Proposta di petizione al Parlamento Europeo

A. considerando che l’Unione europea ha una duplice legittimità democratica: quella del Parlamento europeo, eletto da tutti i cittadini europei, e quella del Consiglio (dei ministri), rappresentativo dei governi degli stati membri;

B. considerando che il Consiglio (dei ministri) agisce con la funzione di camera alta dell’Ue; infatti è, con il Parlamento, una delle due camere in cui si svolge il processo legislativo europeo, di cui la Commissione ha il potere di iniziativa; Lire la suite

Europe: Head or Tails

Radicali, November 30, 2017, VoxEurop, December 18, 2017

A few days ago, the representatives of the governments of the twenty-seven Member States decided on a plan to relocate the European Medicines Agency and the European Banking Authority – the two Agencies that are currently headquartered on UK territory – and they needed to draw straws twice in order to secure a vote. This “extraordinary” procedure proposed by Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, and Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the Commission, has no legal basis in the Treaties and will therefore need to be formalized through the two legislative proposals that the Commission presented on 29 November. It is clear from these legislative proposals, which set the deadline for relocating the Agencies at 30 March 2019, that the proponents of this “extraordinary procedure hope to establish a point of no return for Brexit. Lire la suite

L’Europe à pile ou face

Radicali, 30 novembre 2017, VoxEurop, 18 décembre 2017

Les représentants des gouvernements des 27 Etats-membres ont, il y a quelques jours, décidé (à deux reprises en recourant au tirage au sort) de la localisation des sièges des Agences actuellement situées sur le territoire du Royaume-Uni (Agence européenne du Médicament et Autorité bancaire européenne). La procédure “extraordinaire” proposée par Donald Tusk, le président du Conseil européen, et Jean-Claude Juncker, le président de la Commission, n’a pas de base juridique dans les Traités et devra par conséquent être formalisée au travers de deux propositions législatives que la Commission a déjà présenté au Conseil le 29 novembre, propositions qui prévoient une décision du seul Conseil en ce qui concerne la question du choix des sièges de ces deux Agences. Notons également dans ces propositions législatives qui fixent au 30 mars 2019 la date butoire pour le transfert des Agences, la volonté des promoteurs de cette procédure « extraordinaire » de fixer un point de non retour en ce qui concerne le Brexit. Lire la suite

Europe’s gravediggers are at work under the cover of populism

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Strade, 23 novembre 2016

Our intention here is not to dig into everything that has contributed to the rise of populist movements on the right and left in several member states of the European Union: unemployment, social downgrading, precariousness, globalisation, immigration, terrorism, the aging population, and so on… After all, none of these factors tells us anything about why Europe has become a scapegoat, not simply by populist parties, for all these questions which European countries and the European Union are barely able to respond to. Lire la suite

In favour of a European senate

Le HuffingtonPost.fr, 8 october 2014, Strade, 8 october 2014

Since the start of the economic and financial crisis in 2009, EU citizens have looked on helplessly at the pointless power play between those member-States who support supply-based policies and those who support demand-based policies. More than six months after the invasion and annexation of Crimea by Moscow and while Russian forces are pursuing, in spite of the truce, their military conquest of the Donets Basin, we are still waiting for the promised start of a real European energy policy. These are two emblematic examples of the state of our Union. Naturally, the criticism is flying thick and fast and it is aimed at the European Commission, and even the European Parliament, but not, strangely enough, at the Council of Ministers, even though this institution – which was one of the cornerstones of the original institutional triangle gathering ministers from the 28 member-States (by area of responsibility: agriculture, finances, transport etc.) – participates in the European legislative process in the same way as the European parliament does (the notorious co-decision procedure). Together with the European Parliament, it amends, validates or rejects directive proposals submitted by the Commission. It has little visibility but still borrows from diplomatic practices. Most of its work is done by diplomats (Coreper) 1 who, obliged by a sense of group spirit, are more answerable to their respective “Quay d’Orsay” than to their national governments and, even more so, their relevant minister. Lire la suite

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  1. The Permanent Representatives Committee. It is responsible for preparing the work of the Council (of Ministers) and consists of Member States’ ambassadors to the European Union.