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TOGETHER Draft Declaration on the Future of Europe

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The European Union and Africa have an important and unique partnership, which is at a crossroads. The EU remains the main partner of Africa, but it is no longer the only one. So does Africa still need Europe? We continue to believe the deep, comprehensive and holistic relationship is a vital long-term foundation for political dialogue and progress in both continents.
Investing in young people. The demographic boom in Africa will be an opportunity for the continent rather than a challenge, if we support investment in education. The challenges of the future will only be met if we equip the next generations with the necessary tools, on which an “EU-Africa Erasmus program” can be of great impact, encouraging exchanges between European and African young students, researchers, teachers and entrepreneurs.
Sustainable investments. The S&D Group strongly supports the EU External Investment Plan for Africa (and European neighbourhood) with the aim of improving economic and social development and achieving the SDGs on the African continent. But rather than underpin multinationals which are already champions of tax evasion, or the ones which prey on mineral and natural resources, the EIP must provide support to SMEs, microfinance and job creation programs, especially for young people and women.
Coherent Partnerships for development to address the root causes of irregular migration. Irregular migration is a global phenomenon requiring a coordinated international response and the EU must take a human-rights-based lead in shaping it. We support a strong partnership between Europe and Africa and the efforts in the United Nations to tackle the root causes of migration in terms of improving the economic and social situation, strengthening democracy and the rule of law, and providing education and employment opportunities in countries of transit and origin. We remain strongly committed to the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, also by improving development cooperation, conflict resolution, and stimulate inclusive and sustainable economic growth to ensure that people have a real chance of a better life in their homeland. But we also need to ensure we implement Policy Coherence for Development across our agricultural, trade and investment policies, from the Common Agricultural Policy to binding due diligence requirements for EU companies. The security-development nexus remains important for addressing conflict, but poverty-alleviation must remain the primary goal of development assistance. We will never accept aid conditionality linked to migration policy.
Strengthen democracy and human rights. Human rights remain central to our partnership with Africa. We urge the EEAS and Commission to use all available tools to maintain serious human rights dialogues. We will seek innovative mechanisms to give support and visibility to those risking their lives in Africa for the defence of human rights, democracy, social justice, equality and non-discrimination. We reiterate our belief that independent NGOs, media and cultural space are a pre-requisite of a functioning democracy and rule of law.
Gender equality. Without the emancipation of women there is no viability for sustainable development, nor full democracy, nor good governance. Gender equality must be mainstreamed in all EU policies, initiatives and investments towards Africa.
“Does Africa need Europe?” is one of the priorities part of the “Building the Progressive Future Together” statement, debated during our event in Brussels on October 18-19. But the debate goes on. We’re counting on your input, so each of you can play a part in shaping our common future. It’s easy – just sign in add your thoughts to this topic.

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Improvement of the welfare state through the real application of workers’ rights – United States of Europe: Europe as a sovereign state, central and no longer as a Union of common purposes only; the United States of Europe SHOULD have a common army, federal police, federal intelligence, central financial budget and a real federal government (to which would be added a presidency of the Federal Republic) – End The Cage Age (STOP intensive animal breeding), in order to promote animal welfare in the agricultural sector and the welfare of small and medium farmers – Worsening of penalties for those who kill / mistreat / abandon animals – Strong investments in cybersecurity – 100% transition from fossil fuels to renewables fuels – Review of laws on hunting and control of wild animals, especially in mountainous areas, favoring non-lethal dissuasive measures (for example: wire nets and protected reserves that cannot be approached by man) – Fight without corruption, corruption and organized crime, real balls at the foot of European country systems – Give priority to electronic payments in cash, favoring the traceability of money and reducing tax evasion (0% objective), I am also thinking of the most common supermarkets and medical visits; To accomplish this, EVERY personality who wants to offer a sales service or health service MUST own the POS terminal – Technology education: the European population should benefit from basic training courses aimed at teaching the use of the simplest application software (example: Office) and basic IT security (importance of antimalware / firewall / antispam software) – Fighting on fake news: search engines MUST restrict visibility to non-authoritative sites whenever the user performs a search; there are many sites of false news (especially in political matters), false information on medical matters, false information on financial matters – Development of Artificial Intelligence and, at the same time, development of a code of ethics for the regulation of the same – Introduction of identity documents in the registration process on social networks and their implementation for already registered users, on pain of permanent suspension of the activity – Application of the Paris Agreements (COP 21) in order to provide follow-up material to the important world meeting of 2015, objectives that, if achieved, would really stop climate change and unlock a very large labor market – We MUST remain Humans: SECURE humanitarian corridors in order to steal profits from human traffickers; the squalor of the lucrators on the war MUST end, doing, however, the opposite of the nationalist propaganda, that would like the refugees locked up in the cells of the Libyan lagers (eye does not see, heart does not hurt).

1 day, 12 hours ago in Europe for the next 5 years
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What should the Europe look like in the next 5 years? I think it is obvious, it should be the community which works for everybody not a few. The one which focuses on people – the needs of Europeans and what comes with it the environment. It is they key moment in our history when we need to take major steps to finally stop the climate change. To act for the both peoples’ and animals’ conditions. It should be the more united, stronger Europe which finally is a player on international ground not just the follower. Why? To bring our European values to different countries in Africa, Asia, America. We need to ensure that ALL products which come to the EU come from responsible sources, from companies which respect human rights, working conditions and dignity. We finally have to take responsibility for our past decisions and help developing countries in their way to sustainable societies for everyone. In summary I would suggest: – creation of the European labour agency which would verify the working conditions of imported items. The ones which come from producers which don’t respect the workers rights or have a negative impact on the environment should be prohibited. – further European integration in aim to eventually create one European federal country. – the head of the European Commision should be chosen in direct elections by all European citizens. – the role of the European council should be smaller. It should have the ability to block the Parliament decisions. – the European Parliament should have a bigger role. – the member states which don’t respect the European values should be influenced to do so. – we have to bring the Eastern Europe closer to the western by destroying the economic borders between our societies. – harmonise all laws and taxes across the whole EU – ensure that all Europeans have access to the same standards of education across Europe – Create one educational programme for the whole EU (to ensure the same standards of education) – Let the people vote for transnational elections list – Common European Army – Euro currency in every European country – Creation of the European Constitution – Common European energy market – The same prizes of medicine across Europe – Ensure that all European companies no matter if from east or west are treated the same and have the same chances to start a business – Ensure that giant companies pay their taxes – Ensure abortion until the 12tg week as the human right, the abortion should be available for everybody in every member state – LGBT+ rights should be protected across the EU ( transfusion, same sex Marriages, change of gender identity in documents should be implemented in every member state) – The church should pay it taxes equally as the rest of the society, it shouldn’t be excluded from it. The division of church and the state should be ensured in every member state. – invest in renewable energy and resign totally from coal until 2030

6 days, 18 hours ago in Europe for the next 5 years
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Miglioramento dello Stato Sociale attraverso l’applicazione reale dei diritti dei lavoratori – Stati Uniti d’Europa: Europa come Stato sovrano, centrale e non più come Unione di soltanto intenti comuni; gli Stati Uniti d’Europa DOVRANNO dotarsi di un esercito comune, polizia federale, intelligence federale, bilancio finanziario centrale e un vero governo federale (al quale si aggiungerebbe una presidenza della Repubblica federale) – End The Cage Age (STOP allevamenti intensivi di animali), al fine di favorire il benessere animale nel settore agricolo e il benessere dei piccoli e medi agricoltori – Inasprimento delle pene per chi uccide/maltratta/abbandona gli animali – Forti investimenti in materia di cybersicurezza – Transizione 100% da fonti fossili a rinnovabili – Revisione delle leggi in materia di caccia e controllo di animali selvatici soprattutto nelle zone montuose, privilegiando provvedimenti dissuasivi NON letali (esempio: reti metalliche e riserve protette inavvicinabili dall’uomo) a quelli mortali – Lotta senza quartiere alla corruzione e alla criminalità organizzata, vere e proprie palle al piede dei Sistemi Paese europei e non solo – Privilegiare i pagamenti elettronici a quelli in contanti, favorendo la tracciabilità del denaro e abbattendo l’evasione fiscale (obiettivo 0%), penso anche ai più comuni supermercati e alle visite mediche; per realizzare ciò, OGNI personalità volta ad offrire un servizio di vendita o di prestazione sanitaria DEVE possedere il terminale POS – Educazione alla tecnologia: la popolazione europea dovrebbe beneficiare di corsi di formazione base volti all’insegnamento dell’uso dei più semplici software applicativi (esempio: Office) e della sicurezza informatica di base (importanza di software antimalware/firewall/antispam) – Lotta alle fake news: i motori di ricerca DEVONO limitare la visibilità ai siti non autorevoli ogni qualvolta l’utente effettui una ricerca; molti sono i siti di false notizie (soprattutto in materia politica), false informazioni in materia medica, false informazioni in materia finanziaria – Sviluppo dell’Intelligenza Artificiale e, parallelamente, sviluppo di un codice etico per la regolamentazione della stessa – Introduzione dei documenti d’identità nella procedura di registrazione sui social network ed implementazione degli stessi per gli utenti già registrati, pena la sospensione permanente dell’attività – Applicazione degli Accordi di Parigi (COP 21) al fine di dare materiale seguito all’importante meeting mondiale del 2015, obiettivi che, se raggiunti, fermerebbero realmente il cambiamento climatico e sbloccherebbero un molto ampio mercato del lavoro – Restiamo Umani: corridoi umanitari SICURI al fine di sottrarre profitti ai trafficanti di esseri umani; lo squallore dei lucratori sulla guerra DEVE finire, facendo, però, il contrario della propaganda nazionalista, che vorrebbe i rifugiati rinchiusi in lager libici (occhio non vede, cuore non duole).

1 day, 15 hours ago in Europe for the next 5 years
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