Don’t let a pause for reflection become a pause for inaction
The Young European Federalists understand the pragmatic approach taken by Europe’s heads of state to the European Constitution and their decision to take a ‘pause for reflection’, but urge concrete action in light of this decision.
“A pause for reflection must not be a pause for inaction,” stated Jon Worth, President of JEF-Europe.
“Serious consideration needs to be given to the best way forward for this Constitution, especially when it comes to explaining its content to citizens.”
“The probable postponement of referendums in Denmark and Ireland seems to indicate that Member States just want to forget about ratification. Such an option is really unacceptable.”
JEF-Europe has long campaigned for a European Constitution and feels that the content of the current text is very important to make positive steps forward on citizens’ rights, and efficiency and accountability of the EU’s institutions.
“JEF therefore calls on European leaders, and all of civil society, to vigorously debate the future of this Constitution in the coming months, giving the Austrian Presidency next year good reasons to keep ratification alive.”