2013 GA Motions: Another Multiannual Financial Framework for a new European Union

Motion by PNC Ghjuventù to the EFAY General Assembly held in Meran, Südtirol. 11-13 April 2013.

A Having regards to the European Commission's proposal on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020 tabled on the 29th of June 2011 and updated on the 6th of July 2012.

B. Having regards to the European Parliament's positions on the MFF on the 8th of June 2011, 13th of June 2012, 23rd of October 2012, and 13th of March 2013.

C. Having regards to the European Council's conclusions on the MFF agreed on February the 8th 2013

D. Having regards to the Center Maurits Coppieters's paper which was published in 2012.

E. Whereas the forthcoming Multiannual Financial Framework (2014-2020) should be the driving tool of the European Union contributing to recovery from the severe financial, environmental, social, and economic crises across Europe, whereas the EU budget should be the catalyst to foster economic development, jobs creation, social justice, defend cultural and linguistic diversity and support solidarity among peoples

F. Whereas Stateless nations, regions, and minorities are the first suffering from the crises in Europe by lacking legal, legislative, fiscal, and political tools to protect themselves against the negative impacts of the crises;  whereas EU Member states' governments impose extra austerity measures over  Stateless nations, regions, and minorities; whereas the MFF will be in certain policy areas the only public financial support  to Stateless nations, regions, and minorities strengthening  the economic, social and territorial cohesion in Europe according to the treaties

G. Whereas youngsters throughout Europe are being unfairly and over impacted by the austerity measures implemented by the EU Member states' governments increasing dramatically the youth unemployment rate at an unacceptable level, representing up to 40 or 50% in some EU territories; whereas the EU shall act to tackle the youth unemployment by supporting jobs creation for youngsters hence welcome the creation of the ''Youth scheme guarantee''

H. Whereas the European Free Alliance Youth supports a stronger, renewed, modern, and subsidiarity-based European Union

The European Free Alliance Youth:

1. Welcomes the position taken by the European Parliament on the 13th of March, the only directly elected body in the EU, which rejects the austerity budget proposed by the European Council President, Herman Van Rompuy, and negotiated by Member states' governments behind closed doors at the European Council summit on the 8th of February.

2. Encourages the Members of the European Parliament to defend for a more ambitious MFF which shall be substantially increased and focused on key priorities: tackling youth employment and increasing Youth employability through the Youth scheme guarantee and Erasmus for example, strengthening the economic, social and territorial cohesion, especially in the poorest regions, promoting a more sustainable agriculture based on biodiversity and traditional and local food production, investing in research and innovation to foster European competitiveness and strengthening the solidarity among peoples across the world through the development aid.

3. Supports the European Commission proposal to finance the EU budget by a Financial Transaction Tax as a way to stabilize the financial market, curb the speculation, collect a fair contribution from the financial sector, levy new public revenue to reduce public deficit in a smart fiscal consolidation and finance the needed investments to recover from the crises without creating additional public debt.

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