Proposal for Spring Congress

Proposal 104

LYMEC Spring Congress, April 05.-07., 2019 in Brussels

Author: JOVD – Rutger de Ridder

Status: [  ] accepted [  ] rejected [  ] transferred to: ___________________________

The Spring Congress may decide:

1Resolution on the future of European unity

2Noting that:

3·         The European Union, as a cooperation of member states, has both intergovernmental and

4supranational aspects, which are both of vital importance to the continued success of the
5European Union.

6·         LYMEC has always been in favour of strong cooperation and integration of the various

7aspects of member states as the means to an end, specifically peace and prosperity.

8·         Cooperation is more complex between member states which have a significantly different

9history, economy, and culture.

10·         The European Union is based on the shared values of solidarity, freedom and democracy.

11These values are the basis that binds the peoples of Europe together.

12·         The European Union currently has twenty-seven member states, excluding the departing

13United Kingdom, in which the cultural, economic and political challenges differ.

14Considering that:

15·         A stronger European Union does not necessarily mean a larger European Union: the

16ambition of the European Union should be broader than only increasing the number of member
17states as the means to stand up against international competitors like Russia, India, and China.

18·         The foundation of the European Union is that the Union serves the peoples of their

19member states, not the other way around. The European institutions are subject to the principles
20of subsidiarity: matters which can be left up to the individual member states should be left up to
21the member states.

22·         The accession of new member states may not always be in the best interests of the Union

23as a whole or indeed the individual member states, as it often comes at a price.

24·         The European Union needs to be wary of overpromising and underdelivering, as this may

25prove to be one of the deadliest threats to the continued success of the European project.

26·         European integration is not complete and is executed poorly due to misunderstandings and

27misrepresentations of which tasks should be carried out on the European level and which tasks
28ought to be left to the member states.

29·         The European Parliament cannot readily be compared to the national parliaments of

30member states, since it lacks full parliamentary powers.


32·         Calls for a stop to the accession of candidate member states, until European cooperation

33and integration has progressed to the level where the accession of new candidate member states
34can be considered.

35·         Calls for a white paper on the core tasks of the European Union, where the core tasks of

36the European Union are to be those tasks which can not be executed on the national level, such
37as carbon emission rights, and the joint defence of European borders. 

38·         Calls for a clear strategy on the integration of policies of member states on those core

39tasks which are necessary for the European Union to start underpromising and overdelivering for
40the peoples of Europe.

41·         Calls upon member states to make the European Parliament a real parliament, including

42all parliamentary powers national parliaments have.

43·         Calls upon member states to raise awareness of European institutions, like the European

44Parliament, among their citizens.

45·         Calls upon the European Commission to present a policy which underlines the importance

46of intergovernmental cooperation between member states and reduces as far as possible the
47necessity for supranational aspects.

48This resolution would archive Resolution 1.01, 1.04, 1.05, 1.06, 1.10

Attention: This is a preview! The official text is printed in the proposal book for Spring Congress 05. - 07. April 2019.