25 Jahre nach Maastricht - MEP verabschiedet einen neuen EU- Jugend-Vertrag

Für das internationale MEP 2017 in Arnheim und Maastricht hatte sich das niederländische Organisationsteam etwas ganz besonderes ausgedacht: es hat in Zusammenarbeit mit allen Delegierten einen neuen EU Jugendvertrag ausgeabeitet - und das rechtzeitig zum 25. Jubiläum des Maastrichter Vertrages, mit dem die Europäische Union, so wie wir sie heute kennen, gegründet wurde.  Aber das war nicht das einzige Highlight. Die Delegierten haben ihren Entwurf dann auch noch in Brüssel im Plenarsaal des Europäischen Parlament mit einigen echten Europaabgeordneten diskutiert. Höhepunkt war dann aber die feierliche Übergabe des Textes an Markku Markkula, den Präsideten des Auschusses der Regionen, sowie an Tibor Navracsics, den EU-Kommissar für Jugend. Makku MArkkula hat die Tafel mit dem Vertrag und den Unterschriften der Delegierten dann als Bild in seinem Büro aufgehängt, wie auf Facebook dokumentiert.  Hier findet ihr den Text des neuen Vertrages: 

EUROPE IN 25 YEARS

 

New Youth Treaty by the Model European Parliament

 

• Adopted on the 7th of February 2017, 25 years after the Treaty of Maastricht during the 46th International Session of the

 

Model European Parliament in the Netherlands / MEPNL17.

 

• Presented to the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Committee of the Regions on the 9th of

 

February 2017.

 

• Based on the MEP Green Paper Procedure in which hundreds of young people participated.

 

The Model European Parliament,

 

… having prioritised the key policy issues important to Europe for the next 25 years,

 

… hoping to create a future Europe in which all its members would like to live,

 

urges all local, regional, national and European representatives to address the following five priorities:

 

1. Education! Education! Education!

 

Education is essential for the future of the EU and a basic human right for all EU citizens. Providing

 

high-level and accessible education equips the next generations of EU-citizens with the tools

 

necessary to address and solve all societal challenges. There is no single issue in this treaty that can do

 

without education. A radical change in the EU is needed to give education the priority status on the EU

 

agenda it deserves.

 

2. It is my (human) right!

 

Europe has to ensure equal and effective access to human rights for all its citizens, because only with

 

solid human rights, can inclusive European democracies prosper. But human rights do not end where

 

EU-citizenship ends. Basic human rights are never to be compromised, especially not by gender, level

 

of education or refugee status. Europe has a moral responsibility to build and promote the human

 

rights situation within its sphere of influence.

 

3. Europe: a safe haven!

 

At this moment the safety of the EU is threatened by a rise in terrorism. This results in unsafe feelings

 

in our open European societies. The conflicts in the Middle East and successive flows of immigrants

 

entering the EU enhances peoples’ fear for terrorist acts close to their homes. Lacking EU-actions

 

regarding the number of immigrants and their integration increases EU scepticism. EU external policy

 

must be directed at finding solutions for the Middle Eastern conflicts and the refugee crisis. EU

 

internal policy has to ensure the safety for those arriving in Europe and those already living here.

 

4. Let’s finally tackle global warming!

 

Year after year new records are broken regarding rising average temperatures, tropical storms and

 

drought. Although future scenarios have a high degree of uncertainty, this is no longer an excuse not

 

to act on the overwhelming evidence that global warming is an urgent and imminent treat to our

 

European societies. Given the time we need to change environmental laws, reform educational

 

systems and implement innovative technologies, we better start now! Only then can our societies

 

ensure sustainable economic growth in a healthy environment.

 

5. Future proof economic growth? Yes, please!

 

Promoting the economy has always been at the heart of European integration. Through our joint

 

efforts, we have developed a robust single market. In the last few years, our efforts have been tested

 

by several economic crises. To be able to cope with them, our economies should become increasingly

 

open by negotiating free trade agreements with more countries. The challenge is to do this while

 

making sure that these contribute to a sustainable and liveable planet. Additionally, our economies

 

should become more flexible by teaching our citizens new and adoptable skills. A robust and open

 

economy enables us to tackle societal problems more easily.