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EDP MEPs tell us why they chose to fight for Europe

"Languages, cultures, regional differences and local initiatives must be cherished because they are Europe’s strongest asset."

The European Democratic Party adopts its manifesto and pleads « Europe Stand Up! »

Council meeting in Slovenia
Srdjan Zivulovic

In preparation for the European elections in May, The European Democratic Party held a meeting on Friday 12th April in Ljubljana (Slovenia).

At the Council, representatives of democratic political parties of 18 different Member states adopted unanimously the electoral manifesto of the EDP entitled « Europe Stand Up! ». Because to us, it is a matter of urgency!

It is time for the European Democrats to assert themselves. Europe needs a clean break, a democratic and deep refoundation. But Europe is not possible without its people. There is no shortage of projects.

We have created a single currency, but it still has no political leadership. Neither the instruments nor the budgetary means exist to enable euro area countries to coordinate their economic policies and benefit from the solidarity of their partners in the event of asymmetric shocks.

We have created an economic and monetary union, but we allow Member States to compete fiercely in tax matters, particularly regarding corporation tax.

We proclaim our determination to protect the Union from the excesses of globalisation, but we let our main external competitors take control of strategic companies or infrastructures and we do not promote the emergence of European industrial giants capable of competing with the giants of our competitors.

The large Digital multinationals make considerable profits by commercialising European citizens' data, but we tax them less than our European SMEs.

We recently had the adoption of the European Pillar of Social Rights, but we still do not have effective instruments against social dumping nor a roadmap to encourage social convergence, a pivotal element in strengthening European social and territorial cohesion.

We have formally established a common border, but we do not manage it together. We leave the southern Member States to control more or less by themselves the tens of thousands of kilometres of maritime borders and we still do not have common rules on asylum.

« It’s a major challenge, a matter of urgency. For us, it is time to rebuild Europe. »

For the full version of the manifesto, click here.