European and national parliamentarians were about to adopt a joint declaration
in the framework of the Conference on the Future of Europe, but the meeting
had to be adjourned. National parliaments did not support the demands of the
European mainstream for more centralization and a federal European Union
reducing the sovereignty of the Member States and the role of national
The Conference on the Future of Europe is a welcomed exercise, as it is more
important than ever to reflect on the Union’s future. However, unfortunately only
certain political groups in the European Parliament – that are committed to
transforming the Union into a federal state – have a real role to play in the main
decision-making body, the Executive Board of the Conference, and this influences
the impartiality of the whole process in a negative way.
The European Parliament is demanding more and more powers for itself to the
detriment of the Member States. Members with a pro-federalist affiliation have drafted
a declaration promoting the creation of a federal Europe and they have expected to
receive support from national parliaments. To their surprise, a significant number of
national parliaments rejected the draft of the declaration and the meeting had to be
adjourned. There was no step made towards the adoption of the draft declaration in
the meeting of the national parliaments as well.
In the current situation, Europe needs unity and real dialogue, not ideologically
determined proposals for a federal Union.
March 25, 2022