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After the Sibiu Declaration
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After the Sibiu Declaration on 9 May 2019

Today an informal meeting of the 27 heads of goverment/state took place in Sibiu, Romania, where they discussed "strategic plans for the Union in the coming years". 
They agreed to meet again on 28 May in Brussels to discuss the results of the European elections.


The adopted the following text:

Quote:The Sibiu Declaration

We, the Leaders of the European Union, have gathered in Sibiu to discuss and look ahead to our common future.

In a few weeks, Europeans will elect their representatives in the European Parliament, forty years after they first exercised this fundamental right. A Europe re-united in peace and democracy is but one of many achievements. Since its inception, the European Union, driven by its values and freedoms, has provided stability and prosperity across Europe, within and beyond its borders. Over the years, it has grown into a major player on the international scene. Gathering around half a billion citizens, with a competitive single market, it is a leader in worldwide trade, and shapes global politics.

We reaffirm our belief that united, we are stronger in this increasingly unsettled and challenging world. We recognise our responsibility as Leaders to make our Union stronger and our future brighter, while recognising the European perspective of other European States. That is why today we unanimously agree on 10 commitments that will help us live up to that responsibility:
  • We will defend one Europe - from East to West, from North to South. Thirty years ago millions of people fought for their freedom and for unity and brought down the Iron Curtain, which had divided Europe for decades. There is no place for divisions that work against our collective interest.
  • We will stay united, through thick and thin. We will show each other solidarity in times of need and we will always stand together. We can and we will speak with one voice.
  • We will always look for joint solutions, listening to each other in a spirit of understanding and respect.
  • We will continue to protect our way of life, democracy and the rule of law. The unalienable rights and the fundamental freedoms of all Europeans were hard fought and will never be taken for granted. We will uphold our shared values and principles enshrined in the Treaties.
  • We will deliver where it matters most. Europe will continue to be big on big matters. We will continue to listen to the concerns and hopes of all Europeans, bringing the Union closer to our citizens, and we will act accordingly, with ambition and determination.
  • We will always uphold the principle of fairness, whether it be in the labour market, in welfare, in the economy or in the digital transformation. We will further reduce disparities between us and we will always help the most vulnerable in Europe, putting people before politics.
  • We will give ourselves the means to match our ambitions. We will provide the Union with the means necessary to attain its objectives and carry through its policies.
  • We will safeguard the future for the next generations of Europeans. We will invest in young people and build a Union fit for the future, able to cope with the most pressing challenges of the 21st century.
  • We will protect our citizens and keep them safe by investing in our soft and hard power and by working with our international partners.
  • Europe will be a responsible global leader. The challenges we face today affect us all. We will continue working with our partners in the world to uphold and develop the rules-based international order, to make the most of new trading opportunities and to jointly tackle global issues such as preserving our environment and fighting climate change.
The decisions we take will follow the spirit and letter of these 10 commitments. The Union of today is stronger than that of yesterday and we want to continue to build its strength for tomorrow. This is our commitment for the future generations. This is the spirit of Sibiu and of a new Union at 27 ready to embrace its future as one.


Source: https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press...claration/
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#2
The newspapers of all EU member states should run this on their front page!

Unfortunately they won't.
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(09-05-19, 05:19 PM)Real European Wrote: Today an informal meeting of the 27 heads of goverment/state took place in Sibiu, Romania, where they discussed "strategic plans for the Union in the coming years".
They agreed to meet again on 28 May in Brussels to discuss the results of the European elections.

The adopted the following text:

Where do I sign?

If the commitments were heart felt by everyone, then we are walking the right path.
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(09-05-19, 05:38 PM)Real European Wrote: The newspapers of all EU member states should run this on their front page!

Unfortunately they won't.

The UK might, where it says Europe they will say United Kingdom.
They need it more than us  Smile .
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(09-05-19, 05:38 PM)Real European Wrote: The Sibiu Declaration 

Beautiful. I think I am in love with EU.  Heart 

Happy Europe Day, everyone! 

One Europe. Our Europe.
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#6
Perhaps we should send a letter to Donald Tusk and JC Juncker.

The problem is not the EU, the problem is that people do not know what the EU is, so that all kinds of anti-EU protagonists can fill that void of ignorance with inaccurate anti-EU information turning people against a fictional EU.

We need to get this kind of information out there, it must reach all European citizens. And they don't read the website of the EU Council.

It would be a major loss if our union would be destroyed not for what it is but because of all kinds of untruths told about it.

The Sibiu Declaration is wonderful but if people don't know about it, it will not change anything.

So what do we tell Tusk and Juncker?
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#7
Although all the commitments are essential for the Union, I would highlight this one

Quote:We will stay united, through thick and thin. We will show each other solidarity in times of need and we will always stand together. We can and we will speak with one voice.

Mr. Barnier with the Brexit issue, has proven to all of us, the importance of having a known and secure interlocutor for all EU citizens. This is how it must be when dealing with the rest of the world.
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(09-05-19, 06:03 PM)Real European Wrote: We need to get this kind of information out there, it must reach all European citizens. And they don't read the website of the EU Council. 
Write to all our local newspapers?
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(09-05-19, 06:14 PM)SwaziKing Wrote: Write to all our local newspapers?

Yes, good idea.
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Here's the start of a formal letter to both
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His Excellency Mr Donald Tusk
President of the European Council
&
His Excellency Mr Jean-Claude Juncker
President of the European Commission
BRUSSELS

Your Excellencies,

With pleasure we read the Sibiu Declaration. It reflects everything we, European citizens, stand for, strive for and believe in.

However,
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