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Proposal for Spring Congress 05. - 07. April 2019

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Submitted at Friday, 8. March 2019 um 00:04 Uhr, in category "Chapter 1 - EU Institutions and Institutional Reform" with No. 102. Author/s: "JOVD – Benjamin Broekhuizen.

The Spring Congress may decide:

Defending Europe: a liberal common-sense approach to joint security

Noting that:

  • The member states of the European Union have a combined defence spending on par with the total defence expenditure of the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation combined.
  • The various European Union member states cooperate on defence multilaterally on multiple levels, both within overall NATO and EU frameworks, and outside of these frameworks.
  • These efforts include joint units between two or more member states and various forms of cooperation pertaining to procurement and maintenance, including but not limited to the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) initiatives of the European Defence Agency.
  • Several European Union NATO members currently do not meet the agreed upon NATO norm of spending at least 2% of GDP on defence.
  • The overall interests of European Union member states regarding defence and security are often aligned and the member states regularly cooperate operationally when it comes to international missions to further peace and stability.
  • There do still exist examples in which the interests and considerations of member states do not align, including but not limited to outermost regions or even entire countries for which a member state is bound by treaty, charter, or historical considerations to provide defence and security. Such examples include the French Republic, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the Kingdom of Denmark.
  • European Union member states should not and cannot continue to depend primarily on the United States of America for overall security in Europe and the wider region, especially given the long-term shift towards the Pacific, as well as statements potentially indicating a more self-centred or even isolationist approach.
  • Threats continue to evolve which require new approaches and capabilities, including but not limited to cyber warfare, the development of autonomous weapons systems, asymmetrical warfare, ever increasing activity of non-state actors, and terrorism.
  • It is in the interest of individual member states and the European community as a whole that defence funding is spent in the most effective way possible, which can be achieved through close cooperation, for example by elimination inefficient redundancies in procurement.
  • European cooperation should not lead to the development of a European military-industrial complex which could trap European cooperation into pork barrelling, and an overall lack of competition.
  • One of the most important decisions a democratic state makes is that of peace and war, as it is a decision which will inevitably put its citizens serving in the military in harm’s way and may even pose risks to its citizenry as a whole.
  • As such, the decision of whether or not to deploy troops could only ever be delegated to a European minister of defence and the European Parliament if a democratic fully integrated political union were to exist in which the aforementioned misalignments on the grounds of treaty, charter, or historical considerations were resolved.

Considering that:`

  • European Union member states should not and cannot continue to depend primarily on the United States of America for overall security in Europe and the wider region, especially given the long-term shift towards the Pacific, as well as statements potentially indicating a more self-centred or even isolationist approach.
  • Threats continue to evolve which require new approaches and capabilities, including but not limited to cyber warfare, the development of autonomous weapons systems, asymmetrical warfare, ever increasing activity of non-state actors, and terrorism.
  • It is in the interest of individual member states and the European community as a whole that defence funding is spent in the most effective way possible, which can be achieved through close cooperation, for example by elimination inefficient redundancies in procurement.
  • European cooperation should not lead to the development of a European military-industrial complex which could trap European cooperation into pork barrelling, and an overall lack of competition.
  • One of the most important decisions a democratic state makes is that of peace and war, as it is a decision which will inevitably put its citizens serving in the military in harm’s way and may even pose risks to its citizenry as a whole.
  • As such, the decision of whether or not to deploy troops could only ever be delegated to a European minister of defence and the European Parliament if a democratic fully integrated political union were to exist in which the aforementioned misalignments on the grounds of treaty, charter, or historical considerations were resolved.

LYMEC:

  • Calls upon member states to cooperate more closely on the topic of defence and security, especially on matters such as procurement, research and development, and cyber security, as well as the development of long-term strategies of preventing international conflict using diplomacy or development before defence strategies are even needed.
  • Calls for the continued development of the PESCO and various other initiatives within the European Defence Agency, to research and develop answers to the joint questions of security in the future.
  • Maintains that decisions regarding the deployment of military personnel should be made by the individual member states, meaning that any joint EU missions are carried out based on voluntary contributions of military power by member states.
  • Maintains that all weapons systems to be developed in or procured by member states should have a human operator in the loop making the final decision; development and procurement of fully autonomous weapons systems should be prohibited.
  • Calls upon member states which have not done so to increase structural defence spending to at least 2% of GDP to strengthen their contribution to European defence and security.



This resolution, if adopted, would archive 1.45 and its points subsequently adopted into 1.52

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  • [11323] Insert in: Page 5, Line 3 (Antragsteller: YMRF). / V1

    after the word "noting"

    Submitted at Friday, 29. March 2019 um 09:25 Uhr. Authors: "YMRF".

    and considering

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  • [11336] Insert after: Page 5, Line 14 (Antragsteller: YMRF). / V1

    new paragraph

    Submitted at Friday, 29. March 2019 um 10:05 Uhr. Authors: "YMRF".

    the differing national defence strategies weaken EU's role on the global stage and lead to unproductive double spending on defence equipment and infrastructure. 

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  • [11261] Delete: Page 5, Line 23 to Page 6, Line 43, Abschnitt: 1 (Antragsteller: Bálint Gyévai (IMS)). / V1

    /

    Submitted at Thursday, 28. March 2019 um 22:05 Uhr. Authors: "Bálint Gyévai (IMS)".

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  • [11222] Delete: Page 5, Line 23 to Page 5, Line 29 (Antragsteller: FEL - John De Coster). / V1

    Redundant, and is stated later on in the text

    Submitted at Wednesday, 27. March 2019 um 15:59 Uhr. Authors: "FEL - John De Coster".

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  • [11325] Delete: Page 5, Line 34 to Page 6, Line 36 (Antragsteller: YMRF). / V1

    Submitted at Friday, 29. March 2019 um 09:27 Uhr. Authors: "YMRF".

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  • [11329] Delete: Page 6, Line 40 to Page 6, Line 43 (Antragsteller: YMRF). / V1

    Submitted at Friday, 29. March 2019 um 09:32 Uhr. Authors: "YMRF".

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  • [11330] Delete: Page 6, Line 44 to Page 6, Line 65 (Antragsteller: YMRF). / V1

    Submitted at Friday, 29. March 2019 um 09:36 Uhr. Authors: "YMRF".

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  • [11269] Replace: Page 6, Line 62 to Page 6, Line 63, Abschnitt: 2 (Antragsteller: Bálint Gyévai (IMS)). / V1

    should be to replace could only ever be

    Submitted at Thursday, 28. March 2019 um 22:19 Uhr. Authors: "Bálint Gyévai (IMS)".

    ... deploy troops should be delegated to a European minister of defence and the European Parliament. 

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  • [11272] Delete: Page 6, Line 63 to Page 6, Line 65, Abschnitt: 3 (Antragsteller: Bálint Gyévai (IMS)). / V1

    Delete: If a democratic fully ...

    Submitted at Thursday, 28. March 2019 um 22:26 Uhr. Authors: "Bálint Gyévai (IMS)".

    Delete: "If a democratic fully ... were resolved."

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  • [11337] Delete: Page 6, Line 67 to Page 6, Line 67 (Antragsteller: YMRF). / V1

    Submitted at Friday, 29. March 2019 um 10:16 Uhr. Authors: "YMRF".

    "the topic of"

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  • [11310] Insert in: Page 6, Line 70 (Antragsteller: JUNOS - Junge Liberale NEOS). / V1

    After "needed"

    Submitted at Friday, 29. March 2019 um 08:10 Uhr. Authors: "JUNOS - Junge Liberale NEOS".

    resulting in the formation of an EU army

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  • [11338] Insert after: Page 6, Line 70 (Antragsteller: YMRF). / V1

    Submitted at Friday, 29. March 2019 um 10:18 Uhr. Authors: "YMRF".

    Calls on the Member States to avoid unnecessary bauble spending by pooling their defence capacities. 

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  • [11223] Delete: Page 6, Line 74 to Page 6, Line 76 (Antragsteller: FEL - John De Coster). / V1

    When it comes to a common European Defense Project, you are either in or out. Such a clause threatens the stability and efficiency of the chain of command. If the EU is to pool its military resources, including its troops, then the EU shall create a supranational Military Staff Committee whose decision shall be unaltered by any Member State. If the decision is made to deploy, then Member State must comply. I do reckon that such a point of view cleaving, but I feel like it is the only European Defense we should aim at, if that's the desire of the congress.

    Submitted at Wednesday, 27. March 2019 um 16:26 Uhr. Authors: "FEL - John De Coster".

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  • [11264] Delete: Page 6, Line 74 to Page 6, Line 76, Abschnitt: 3 (Antragsteller: Bálint Gyévai (IMS)). / V1

    /

    Submitted at Thursday, 28. March 2019 um 22:10 Uhr. Authors: "Bálint Gyévai (IMS)".

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  • [11331] Delete: Page 6, Line 74 to Page 6, Line 76 (Antragsteller: Jonge Democraten – Daniel Karssenberg). / V1

    JD prefers a QMV, if this is not possible we prefer this element to be ambiguous.

    Submitted at Friday, 29. March 2019 um 09:36 Uhr. Authors: "Jonge Democraten – Daniel Karssenberg".

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  • [11332] Replace: Page 6, Line 74 to Page 6, Line 76 (Antragsteller: Jonge Democraten – Daniel Karssenberg). / V1

    We prefer a QMV

    Submitted at Friday, 29. March 2019 um 09:38 Uhr. Authors: "Jonge Democraten – Daniel Karssenberg".

    Calls for enabling decisions regarding the deployment of military personnel to be made on the European level, meaning that joint EU missions should be made possible by means of a qualified majority vote.

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  • [11304] Delete: Page 6, Line 80 to Page 6, Line 82 (Antragsteller: Svensk Ungdom). / V1

    Submitted at Friday, 29. March 2019 um 07:49 Uhr. Authors: "Svensk Ungdom".

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  • [11360] Insert after: Page 7, Line 83 (Antragsteller: LYMEC Bureau - Antoaneta Asenova). / V1

    After line 83 add a new line "Archiving Resolution 9.06/1995 on Security, disarmament and defence in Europe and Resolution 9.07/1992 on Europe in change"

    Submitted at Friday, 29. March 2019 um 11:09 Uhr. Authors: "LYMEC Bureau - Antoaneta Asenova".

    Archiving Resolution 9.06/1995 on Security, disarmament and defence in Europe and Resolution 9.07/1992 on Europe in change

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  • [11369] Replace: Page 6, Line 70 to Page 6, Line 70 (Antragsteller: YMRF). / V2

    AM to AM 20

    Submitted at Friday, 5. April 2019 um 11:52 Uhr. Authors: "YMRF".

    replace the text "resulting in the formation of an EU army" with "and the formation of an EU defence force" 

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  • [11371] Replace: Page 6, Line 70 to Page 6, Line 70 (Antragsteller: YMRF). / V2

    AM to AM 21

    Submitted at Friday, 5. April 2019 um 11:58 Uhr. Authors: "YMRF".

    replace the word "bouble" with "double"

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