Europe needs a new, democratically legitimized relationship between national and supranational structures for the benefit of citizens

In her article titled “Rome is no longer Rome”, in the Sunday edition of the “Ethnos” newspaper, on 19 March 2017, the Regional Governor of Attica, Ms Rena Dourou, stressed, among other things, that the project of European integration needs “a new forward plan that should introduce, with respect to European values and ensuring social justice, a new, democratically legitimized relationship between national and supranational structures for the benefit of citizens, not for the benefit of individual economic interests”.

Excerpts from the above-mentioned article:

  • “Rome is no longer in Rome: 60 years of Europe, and after?” The title of the debate organized by the Jacques Delors Institute, in partnership with other European “think tanks”, on the 23rd of March in the National Assemblyof France, is itself indicative of the current situation regarding the project of European integration: it is currently at a crossroads, in view of critical times ahead.
  • The economic crisis has highlighted all the inherent weaknesses of the Eurozone while the nationalist far right is on the rise. The widespread identity crisis that followed the economic crisis has now crystallized into a crisis of Democracy.
  • Today, we need to ascertain the causes of this multifaceted crisis and suggest a proposal that will shape the future of the European project as envisaged by Monnet, Schuman, Spinelli, De Gasperi and the other founding fathers of the EEC. This ascertainment relates to the triple deficit characterizing the EU today. A democratic legitimacy deficit, a political leadership deficit and a lack of a common plan for the future.
  • Technocratic solutions (…) are doomed to fail. Not because of a lack of good intentions, but because of a structural inability to meet the real needs of European societies. Namely, social stability and cohesion, growth that creates jobs, ensuring a decent future for young people. These are the objectives that should be the focus of a new Plan / Project for Europe, with emphasis on the needs of citizens and the future of societies.
  • 2017 may not be 1957, as the international, political and economic conditions have changed drastically, but the challenge still remains the same: a European project that takes into account the needs of citizens for growth, work, security, justice, solidarity, a project that will listen to their voice. A project produced by the citizens, working in partnership with the citizens for their interests. We are not forming coalitions of states, we are uniting peoplewrote Jean Monnet.

The full-length article appears on the following link: https://goo.gl/yJnZzy

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