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The appointment of the President of the Commission must be done through procedures which are eminently democratic and rooted in the citizens’ desires. The EMI proposes that in the procedure of proposing a candidate to the EU Parliament, an advance is made with respect to the improvements already contained both the Draft Treaty and the… » read more

     European funds Related EU Grant Loans Programme(s):  Grants for actions aimed at preventing and reducing risks of terrorist attacks and at protecting critical infrastructure Public provocation to commit terrorist offences as well as recruitment and training for terrorism, also via the Internet, will be regarded as criminal offences and punishable as such in… » read more

If the EU considers itself, according to the Rawlsian definition, a “decent” supranational organization, its budget for overseas development cannot stay at the current miserly percentage of EU GDP. The objective of 0.7% of GDP is perfectly possible, as the Scandinavian countries have demonstrated. This must be one of the star proposals of the EMI… » read more

European funds Related EU Grant Loans Programme(s): Grants for cooperation and exchanges in the field of youth and informal education and training. The Meeting of Directors-General for Youth, chaired by Zorko Škvor, the Slovenian Director-General for Youth, concluded the 21 April 2008. The main topics of the meeting were future youth policy and young people… » read more

The EMI applauds the terms of the solidarity clause, taken completely from the Constitution and contained in Art. 222 TFEU. At the same time, the EMI considers that the clause does not contemplate the full range of risks. There are other risks apart from natural or human disasters and terrorist attacks. There are also […]… » read more

The EMI is frontally opposed to the norm according to which neither the European Central Bank, nor a national central bank, nor any member of their decision-making bodies shall seek or take instructions from Union institutions, bodies, offices or agencies, from any government of a Member State or from any other body. The Union institutions,… » read more

We are pleased to note that Lisbon Treaty has adopted in Art. 11.2 TEU one of the most positive innovations of the Draft Constitution (Art. I-47). That is to say, the principle of participatory democracy, and the right of one million citizens to submit any appropriate proposal on matters where they consider that a legal… » read more

Any proposal for the future of the EU lies under the spectre of whether the Lisbon Treaty is finally ratified in January 2009. Regardless of the method used, ratification by end January 2009 is crucial and the EMI must devote all its efforts to ensuring that this happens. The easiest way to achieve ratification is… » read more

It is a matter of urgency to approve EU Regulations (or as we propose to call them, EU Laws) for the effective implementation of EUROJUST, provided for in Art. 85 TFEU. In this way, we can achieve immediate coordination to deal with trans-national crime. This post was submitted by Consejo Federal Español del Movimiento Europeo.… » read more

The EMI will always be opposed to the principle of parity between the number of members of the institutions on the one hand, and the number of Member States on the other. The only exception to this is the European Council and the Council itself. For this reason, the EMI opposes Art. 19.2 (TEU Lisbon),… » read more

We cannot carry on with the situation whereby the different Member States by means of the COREPER interfere in the execution of EU law, as is permitted in Art. 240.1 TFEU. The COREPER must have a merely consultative function whose aim is to bring about the optimum execution of the law, taking into account the… » read more

The range of inquiries to be carried out by the Ombudsman, which are detailed in Art. 228 TFEU, must be extended to include the public administrations in all the Member States. The current situation, whereby the Ombudsman’s field of action is limited to the EU institutions, is not satisfactory. The differences between the public administrations… » read more

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