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23, 25 march 2007 - the berlin conference
» Europe - Not without the people!
We would like to take the opportunity to thank all the speakers and participants who attended the Berlin 2007 Conference, "Europe: Not Without the People!" held on March 23rd to 25th. We would also like to thank those who helped in the creation and organisation of the Conference.
Over 100 participants, representing nearly every EU member state, came to listen and debate the topics of the conference. There was also a strong media interest, with many journalists from all over Europe attending the conference.
Details on the speakers, media and more can be seen on the conference website: www.berlin2007.org.
» The Alternative Berlin Declaration
The EU will only be considered legitimate if its citizens are given a real possibility to contribute and to decide about their future in Europe.
We need real dialogue
Respect the explicit "no" to the EU constitution in France and the Netherlands! It was an expression of the alienation felt between voters and the political class and it was a vote for a Europe of the citizens. Angela Merkel's request to revive the EU constitution at the highest level and behind closed doors would not solve the crisis but intensify it. We demand for an open, democratic process - without artificial time-pressure - in which the citizens will have the decisive say about the future of Europe. We demand there be proper public debate on the questions that EU leaders have been unable to answer during the last five years, e.g.:
How can the EU create a Europe of the citizens, and a democratic Europe of democracies? How can the democratic deficit present within the EU be resolved? How can the EU achieve transparency and a truly democratic form of governance? What role could direct democracy play at the European level? How can the EU safeguard and enhance human and civil rights in Europe?What exactly falls under the jurisdiction of the EU? How can real subsidiarity be secured? How are the EU institutions to be reformed? What vision should we have for Europe? And finally, what significance should it have and could it have for the world and its citizens?
We demand a bottom-up process that is open in its results and open to initiatives and contributions from civil society. The process of shaping the EU needs forums on the future of European, in which people can come together and express themselves, for example, in regional forums, national forums, European forums, and in debates with representatives from civil society, cultural representatives, governments and commerce. To make sure that the results of these debates can be realised in a legal framework we need a new convention on the future of Europe.
» A new convention on the future of Europe
Eurocrats and leading EU politicians are very remote from the problems and concerns of the citizens. The previous EU convention was neither democratically legitimate nor open with its results. We demand a new convention on the future of Europe, which actually represents the interest of the citizens. This time, safeguarded by distinct rules, the convention should:
Democracy is a basic European value which includes freedom, participation, solidarity and the acknowledgement of fundamental human rights. We call on governments to not obstruct a democratic improvement of Europe from below. Better contribute to it by improving the conditions for democracy!