The European Parliament has called for a revision of the EU Treaties, and will issue several proposals which will then be submitted to the European Council. Among them: the end of unanimous decisions or of the Commission’s monopoly of legislative initiative.

The European Parliament voted on May 4 a resolution calling for the launch of a procedure for revising the EU Treaties, in response to citizens’ requests within the framework of the Conference on the Future of Europe.

“A revision of the treaties is necessary to implement the proposals of the Conference on the future of Europe”, thus considered, by a large majority, the MEPs gathered in Strasbourg.

The European Parliament will now make specific proposals for modifying the founding texts of the EU. These will then be submitted to the European Council (Member States) which, if it is in favor of examining the proposals made, will convene a convention. Ratification is then necessary in each EU state, possibly by means of a referendum if national legislation so provides.

A vast citizen consultation launched laboriously a year ago, the Conference on the Future of Europe ended on April 30 with the approval of 325 proposals for measures resulting from debates on multiple themes. The implementation of certain proposals would require a change in the European treaties, such as in particular the end of the unanimous decisions of the Twenty-Seven, a regular brake on European action, the granting of a right of legislative initiative to the Parliament and the extension of EU competences in health or defence.

Mario Draghi encourages the leap towards a “pragmatic federalism”

Renaissance, the European party resulting from La République en Marche, was particularly pleased to have one of its proposals taken up: European elections with transnational lists.

“We need a pragmatic and ideal federalism, a decisive acceleration of the integration process. If this involves the start of a process that will lead to the revision of the Treaties, let us embrace it with courage and confidence”, declared the President of the Italian Council Mario Draghi, quoted by Vincenzo Amendola, Under-Secretary of State in European Affairs.

A closing ceremony is planned in Strasbourg on 9 May, Europe Day, during which the conclusions will be officially delivered to French President Emmanuel Macron – whose country currently holds the rotating EU presidency – and to the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, who should give indications on their will to concretize these proposals.


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