|Consultation:||FYEG General Assembly 2017|
|Agenda item:||3. Resolutions|
|Proposer:||Joves d'Esquerra Verda (Catalan Young Greens (decided on: 04/27/2017)|
Progressive municipalities to change Europe
Brexit, Trump and the rise of national-populism in Europe are only three results
from the same sickness: there is a lack of citizenry empowerment at the EU
level. The answer for the Juncker Commission has been to carry on a “business as
usual” strategy as if nothing happened, while European member states are pushing
to comply with the demands of the transnational financial elites. For each of
them, we, the common people, are the last of their interests, far below paying
national debts or maintaining a neoliberal way of life.
In such a situation, it is not a surprise that many of us have been searching
for solutions that differ from those that lead us to this pan-European
multicrisis. When the state and the classic political parties turn their backs
to us, we searched for alternatives. It is then when we need to understand that
those who lost everything due to the multiple crisis found hope in the far-right
parties. They promised protection against every devil: protectionism for
economic liberalization, nationalism for uncontrolled globalization, white
supremacy for migration, fuel subsidies for maintaining carbon jobs.
However, at the time when this kind of populism arises, more and more people are
realising that such a promises are false, that Trump’s, Farage’s and Le Pen’s
are only another face of the neoliberal system. Actually, what common people
understands is that only through our own empowerment we can fight the system
that threw us into poverty and isolation.
Radical change is required at every level if we want to stop this crisis and
improve our life -and the life of the environment. Nevertheless, it is at the
local level where we need to fight our first battle. European municipalities, as
the nearest administrative level to the citizenry, must guarantee everybody's
quality of life. From providing social assistance to financing kindergarten
education, municipalities have a great power to change the daily life of the
citizenry. This reality is even recognised by EU Treaties with the “principle of
subsidiarity”, which expresses that decisions should be taken at the simplest
and nearest to the citizenry level.
This is what many municipalities have been done during the last years and
months. Facing the fact that nation-states are simply overwhelmed by the
multiple crisis -or unwilling to deal with the necessary reforms-, city councils
from all over Europe have standed up in what it is already a growing movement.
Barcelona, Madrid, Paris or London, to name only a few, are innovating in
policies and decision-making to include the citizenry’s voice and to comply with
international standards that their nation-states neglect. Some examples of their
commitment are the international network of cities that are eager to comply with
the Paris Agreement and have even proposed higher benchmarks and the network of
refuge cities that are demanding and preparing infrastructures to welcome
The Federation of Young European Greens cannot remain silent to this new
reality. As young Greens but, more importantly, as common people that want to
change Europe bottom-up, we need to stand in favour of these new ways of
citizenry empowerment. It is for these reasons that FYEG demands:
To European municipalities
As the nearest administration to the citizenry, they need to defend the
social rights of their citizens when they have been eliminated -”cut”- all
over Europe with the excuse of austerity policies. When possible, they
should not only defend such rights, but they have to strengthen them.
As the first level of government, they should use the principle of
subsidiarity to surpass nation-states when they are unwilling of or cannot
comply with international, European or human rights standards.
On this issue, it is important that municipalities use their power
to shake the European project. We need to develop a Europe of
cities, or a Europe of regions, that diminish the power those
institutions that block decisions to be made -namely, nation-states.
To our member organisations, mother parties, and the Green Left in general
As champions of freedom, our movements need to fight together in order to
put forward what makes us stronger -ethnic diversity, gender equality,
environment protection… Only then can we use them to begin using them as a
tool to change our realities.
As fighters for social equality, our parties have to push for progressive
alliances when possible to recognise the diversity within society in order
to not only serve as a minor alternative, but a government option. Such
new realities are to be seen in many levels, but can be tested and proved
useful especially at the local level.
As activists embracing the concept of fraternity, we have to demand to
change the scope of policy- and decision-making. We need to further
include the whole citizenry in our policies and to bring back their voice,
and we must do it with a networking strategy, uniting our local fights
with other similar ideas and problems that are occurring all over Europe.
To the European Union and, concretely, to the European Commission
In a time when the future of Europe is being discussed as a merely
academic exercise, we require that municipalities are to be put at the
centre of European policy-making. They cannot remain silent, without
power, anymore. Europe must be local if it is to succeed.
- When authoritarian and fallen regimes arise in the “European
Neighbourhood”, we must use networks of municipalities to counteract the
power of authoritarian central regimes arisen in Europe.
- C4-050 (RED EQUO JOVEN (decided on: 05/21/2017), Submitted)
- C4-015 (Genç Yeşiller (decided on: 05/23/2017), Submitted)
- C4-001 (Grüne Jugend (decided on: 05/22/2017), Submitted)
- C4-008 (Grüne Jugend (decided on: 05/22/2017), Submitted)
- C4-016 (Grüne Jugend (decided on: 05/22/2017), Submitted)
- C4-021 (Grüne Jugend (decided on: 05/22/2017), Submitted)
- C4-041 (Grüne Jugend (decided on: 05/22/2017), Submitted)
- C4-041-2 (Grüne Jugend (decided on: 05/22/2017), Submitted)
- C4-053 (Grüne Jugend (decided on: 05/22/2017), Submitted)
- C4-058 (Grüne Jugend (decided on: 05/22/2017), Submitted)
- C4-061 (Grüne Jugend (decided on: 05/22/2017), Submitted)
- C4-067 (Grüne Jugend (decided on: 05/22/2017), Submitted)
- C4-067-2 (Grüne Jugend (decided on: 05/22/2017), Submitted)
- C4-073 (Grüne Jugend (decided on: 05/22/2017), Submitted)
- C4-040 (Les Jeunes Ecologistes (LJE - French Young Greens (decided on: 05/14/2017), Submitted)
- C4-034 (Les Jeunes Ecologistes (LJE - French Young Greens (decided on: 05/14/2017), Submitted)
- C4-001-2 (Ecolojovem - Os Verdes (decided on: 05/24/2017), Submitted)
- C4-013 (EC (decided on: 05/25/2017), Submitted)
- C4-020 (EC (decided on: 05/25/2017), Submitted)
- C4-020-2 (EC (decided on: 05/25/2017), Submitted)
- C4-040-2 (EC (decided on: 05/25/2017), Submitted)
- C4-038 (EC (decided on: 05/25/2017), Submitted)