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It's time to rebuild Europe

September 2022

Europe cannot exist without its citizens

Europe needs a clean break, a profound democratic radical reform. The people of Europe have been excluded from the vision and destiny of Europe. Our European party wants and must inspire a new political constellation whose aim is to get Europe back on track. A more efficient Europe that means a budget tailored to needs as well as a sense of cooperation across all levels: local, national and European. It's a major challenge, a matter of urgency. The EDP continues through for 2024 on 12 fundamental points:

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BOOST THE GREEN AND DIGITAL TRANSITIONS

> Europe is not just about cities and factories: Small farms, villages and rural areas are too often left behind. We therefore need investments and public policies that allow sectors like agriculture and others to make the most of digitisation.

> Digital and sustainable development must be Europe's new coal and steel: both must be at the heart of our recovery from the pandemic

> Develop and implement a strategy for the industry of the future: digital, energy, artificial intelligence, low-carbon technologies, cyber security, space, etc.

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TRANSFORM EUROPE INTO A TRANSNATIONAL DEMOCRACY

> Digital and sustainable development must be Europe's new coal and steel: Both must be at the heart of our post-pandemic recovery

> Give the European Parliament a direct right of legislative initiative.

> Remove the vetoes and give the European Union the means to act decisively.

> Introduce transnational lists and build a European political space.

> Implementi shared sovereignty through effective subsidiarity and proportionality between the European Union, member states and regions.

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REACTIVATE THE EURO ZONE

Reform the Stability and Growth Pact and the Growth Pact to promote a more effective investment policy at the European level.

> Start a concerted convergence initiative by the pro-European and proactive members of euro-area

> Strengthen the governance of euro-area

> Develop own resources deducted from national taxes

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SUPPORT A NEW MODEL FOR AGRICULTURE AND AND FISHERIES

> Preserve biodiversity while promoting sustainable food production and consumption

> Support a fair common agricultural policy for all farmers.

> Encourage the development of food quality systems such as geographical indications

> Invest in innovation, digitisation, education and training.

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REINFORCE ENERGY AUTONOMY FOR EUROPE

> Strengthening European energy autonomy and solidarity, coupled with investments in renewable energy, energy storage solutions and energy efficiency

> Accelerating Europe's green energy transition and diversifying our energy suppliers

> Promote the gradual decarbonisation of fuels in all modes of transport.

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BUILD A SOCIAL EUROPE THAT PROTECTS

> Our social rights must be respected in the new forms of online and offline work.

> Our European values and social rights must be weaved into the digital economy, and the opportunities offered by new types of work must be both sustainable and fair.

> Provide all Europeans with a decent life and better social inclusion of young and older workers.

> Enshrine in law gender equality in access to jobs and equal pay.

> A real convergence strategy on working conditions, minimum wage, the fight against social dumping, guaranteed minimum income and minimum pensions.

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CREATE AN IDENTITY THAT'S EUROPEAN

> Culture provides the glue that brings citizens together. So for every euro spent on security, another euro should be spent on culture.

> Invest in education to build our common future and strengthen a truly European media.

> Promote multilingualism, regional diversity and local cultures.

> European civic education for all Europeans.

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REINFORCE A EUROPEAN APPROACH ON HEALTH POLICY

> Strengthen 'European sovereignty in health matters' and ensure a health union is formed.

> The European Union must ensure better surveillance of infectious diseases, share data and be able to declare a European health emergency if necessary.

> Ensure 'health solidarity' by reducing health inequalities within Member States and beyond Europe.

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INVEST IN RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

> Launch an ambitious programme to support the digital economy
and artificial intelligence.

> Increase the share of structural funds devoted to research and innovation.

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DEVELOPE A GLOBAL APPROACH TO MIGRATION THAT'S PRAGMATIC

> Fight against migrant smuggling and human trafficking.

> Cooperation with countries of origin and transit.

> Harmonise asylum rights.

> Promote return policies,

readmission and reintegration.

> Support common management of external borders.

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REINVENT POLICY ON TRADE

> International trade is based on rules that everyone must respect, without exception, and reciprocity is the key.

> Promote open, balanced and equitable trade relations, while ensuring the protection of the environment, respect for human rights and sustainable development.

> Promote agreements
to make the new generation of agreements even more binding on developed countries in terms of respect for the environment and to enable Member States to speak with one voice on the international scene.

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DEFEND OUR VALUES, OUR INTERESTS AND DEMOCRACIES AROUND THE WORLD

> Strengthen collective security at the European level and give the European Union the necessary tools to act quickly and effectively in its neighbourhood and beyond.

> Define a European defence strategy in terms of
cybersecurity and foreign interference

> Strengthen external border control.

> Promote a genuine partnership between the European Union and the African Union.

> Pursue our neighborhood policy with more vigor.

> Transform the Union from a "soft power" to a global player.

 Our latest political motion from the EDP Congress in Rome detailing our most up-to-date positions.
Our latest political motion from the EDP Congress in Rome detailing our most up-to-date positions.

September 2022

As European Democrats, we are a central political force in Europe and want to strengthen the European Union.
As European Democrats, we are a central political force in Europe and want to strengthen the European Union.

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