Open letter to Charles MichelCÖF-CÖKAExcerpt: We are now witness to the European Parliament attempting to overthrow this clear and firm decision with the assistance of the Commission.
President of the European Council
Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 175
Dear Mr President,
In our last letter, which we wrote to you in April, we forecast a serious institutional crisis in the European Union, which prognosis has now, we are sorry to see, been proven correct. In June, the European Council, which consists of the heads of state of the European Union, agreed on the framework budget and on the recovery plan to aid the southern Member States, with the provision that neither one nor the other shall be linked to political conditions, e.g. to ambiguous, indeterminate conditions pertaining to the rule of law.
We are now witness to the European Parliament attempting to overthrow this clear and firm decision with the assistance of the Commission, even though, at least in our opinion, it has no legal basis for doing so. Notwithstanding the rules of the “co-decision procedure”, a number of signs point to the fact that the Parliament is attempting to have the last word regarding the issue.
Despite the fact that under the Treaties, the Council is responsible for setting the EU’s political priorities and decides on the EU’s overall direction, the majority of European citizens may begin to feel that its authority has been shaken and its competence has been restricted. Accordingly, we request that you, especially in the coming days, in line with the organisation’s medium and long-term interests, do everything in your power to solidify the position of the European Council and to restore the dignity of this institution – thereby serving the interests of EU citizens and elected leaders, also contributing to ensuring the maintenance of the European Union and the success of integration.
Budapest, 9 December 2020
Civil Összefogás Közhasznú Alapítvány [Civil Union Non-Profit Organisation]
CÖF-CÖKA Board of Trustees
in representation of thousands of intellectual patriots
The inadequacy of the current European Union is increasingly evident, as the recent story of the tragic vaccine supply mess has also shown. The need to reform it on a new moral, political, social and economic basis is increasingly pressing.
On 9 January 2020, a number of leading personalities in the European Parliament, including Guy Verhofstadt, Manfred Weber, Iratxe García Pérez, Ska Keller, and Helmut Scholz, in representation of the liberal, Christian democratic, socialist, green, and left-wing groups, submitted a motion for a resolution to the European Parliament recommending a conference on the future of Europe.