We reaffirm our strong commitment to basic European values. The respect for human rights, freedom, democracy, the rule of law are the fundamental principles on which our Union is based and we want an EU that can uphold these principles and promote them beyond its borders. We stand for an open and tolerant Europe, based on equality between all people regardless of race, gender, religious beliefs or sexual orientation.
If we want an EU capable of tackling the challenges of the 21st century, it needs to have real capacity to deliver common good and it must function in an open and transparent way. Democracy and sovereignty at European level should enrich democracy and sovereignty at national level. This requires education on Europe and pluralism of media, informing citizens about their rights and enabling them to make central democratic choices, including on European priorities and on the President of the European Commission.