Proposal for Spring Congress

Proposal 106

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

Author: JUNOS - Junge Liberale NEOS


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

The Spring Congress may decide:

1The Future of the EU Institutions

2By approving this resolution, the following LYMEC resolutions could be archived:

31.02 ("Resolution on the Reform of the European Institutions")

41.04 ("Resolution on the Post-Nice Process")

51.06 ("Debate on the Future of the EU is a Basis for Cooperation")

61.07 ("Towards the Brussels-Laeken Declaration")

71.10 ("The European Union: a state")

81.14 ("Resolution on the Future of Europe")

91.23 ("Resolution on Institutions")

101.29 ("Give power to the Parliament – the representatives of the people")

111.41 ("Transfer of the permanent seat of the European Parliament in Brussels and the creation,

12in Strasbourg, of a European university of public administration, political sciences, international
13relations, European law and history of the European construction")


14Believing that

  • 15The European Union is a unique project for peace, freedom and prosperity, promoting not
    16only human rights but also democracy.
  • 17The European Union is constantly facing new challenges and can therefore only have a
    18future if it is willing to reform and embrace innovation in order to be able to target those
    19new challenges properly.
  • 20The vision of a European Federation with a common European constitution - opposing a
    21centralized state - has to be maintained to lead the way to further European integration
    22and future enlargement.

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24Considering that

  • 25More member states are at risk of becoming increasingly nationalistic and turning away
    26from the common European idea.
  • 27The voting turnout in European elections is generally very low, which might be improved
    28by a reform of the institutions, giving citizens more influence on the Commission's political
    29composition.
  • 30The European Commission has one member of each EU member state which does not
    31reflect the political composition of the Parliament and makes decision-making fairly
    32difficult. Furthermore, the nomination negotiation for Commissioner positions is an
    33intransparent process behind closed doors whereas the EU parliament which is elected
    34by EU citizens still does not have the right to propose new laws.
  • 35Moving the EU parliament from Brussels to Strasbourg once every month is inefficient
    36and expensive. Other European institutions (European Commission, European Council)
    37already have their headquarters in Brussels. However, the EU parliamentary site in
    38Strasbourg is still a symbol for peace between Germany and France.

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40LYMEC calls for

  • 41A reform that established a more precise delimitation of competencies between the
    42European Union and the Member States, reflecting the principle of subsidiarity.
  • 43The establishment of a European Federal Government which is led by the president of
    44the European Commission who is elected through European wide voting lists with a
    45Spitzenkandidaten system. Nevertheless, that candidate should ideally also be able to
    46unite a majority in the EU parliament.
  • 47The number of European Commissioners has to be reduced. The Commission should
    48aim at representing men and women equally.
  • 49The EU Parliament to be strengthened, granting it the right to propose new laws.
  • 50A bicameral EU parliament representing the European citizens and the EU member
    51states has to be the strong counterpart to the European Commission and therefore needs
    52to be equipped with several control measures.
  • 53A permanent EU parliament headquarter in Brussels in order to use tax payers' money
    54more efficiently. At the current EU parliament site in Strasbourg, a European university of
    55public administration, political sciences, international relations, European law and history
    56of the European construction should be established as a  new symbol of innovation within
    57the European Union.
  • 58The further pursuit for a common EU constitution led by a European Constitutional
    59Assembly.
  • 60The increase in possibilities for the Council to apply the qualified majority principle when
    61voting on certain issues.
  • 62The introduction of a European Union Attorney, being able to investigate and prosecute
    63crimes committed inside the European institutions, in cooperation with the anti-fraud unit
    64OLAF.

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