NEOS took Europe Day today as an opportunity to support the idea of a constitutional convention for the further development of the European Union, which was aired in the European Union Parliament. Party leader Pete Meinl-Reisinger and EU chief Claudia Camon demanded at a press conference that the union needs more capacity to act, so the principle of unanimity on essential issues should be abolished. Destination: “United Nations of Europe”.
Both also recalled the upcoming EU Future Conference. This not only means that citizens recognize the need for further development, but also that they are more advanced than national governments on these issues, Meinl-Reisinger says: “They want the Europe they offer.”
Despite acting surprisingly coherently and decisively in the face of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine over the past few weeks, the EU currently lacks strategic clout.
“Europe is on hold for too long”
Common also spoke in favor of a possible end to the blockade because “it really holds us back as an EU”. He also recalled external threats and called for resoluteness on foreign policy, security and defense and independence on energy issues.
Relevant treaty changes are already being prepared in the European Parliament’s committee responsible for constitutional issues, so the European Council can deal with them from June 24, Cayman said.
It is now crucial that member states – especially Austria – do not put on the brakes. “Europe has really been on hold for a long time,” he said. It is time to move towards a “United States of Europe”.