Lampedusa, pact between 16 youth associations: “Federal reform of EU treaties”

A seven-point pact to ask for a reform of the EU treaties ten years after the Lampedusa massacre on 3 October 2013, in which 368 migrants died. Matteo Gori, Secretary General of the European Federalist Youth: “Only a federal Europe with a migration policy and a single foreign policy can protect peace and human rights”

“Europe brings Europe. A pact to choose the Europe of tomorrow”. This is the name of the pact signed by 16 youth associations which intends to bring new proposals to the attention of the institutions in view of the European elections. Among the main points: the management of migratory phenomena, a single foreign policy and the fight against the climate crisis.

The deal

Convened by the European Federalist Youth (GFE), 15 of the main Italian non-party associations met in Lampedusa on 30 September, on the occasion of the “A Europe of Rights” exhibition organized by the 3 October Committee. The associations, including Fridays for Future, Legambiente and Movimento Europeo Giovani, decided to take a position on the future of the Union by signing the “Europe brings Europe” pact. The pact calls for a federal reform of the EU treaties and is divided into seven points ranging from the European management of migratory phenomena to the strengthening of democracy. Among the proposals is also the creation of a political community equipped with adequate financial resources and a federal budget that allows the principle of subsidiarity to be fully implemented; a single foreign policy and a common European defense; the implementation and consolidation of the participatory experience started with the Conference on the Future of Europe; and, finally, the consolidation and creation of new European institutions capable of helping to combat the climate crisis and its consequences on the environment and human life.

Rebuilding Europe

A meeting that takes place on the tenth anniversary of the Lampedusa shipwreck, when 368 migrants lost their lives on 3 October 2013. For the associations, it is a structural phenomenon in the history of humanity that “forces us to choose who to be as Europeans in the face of what the UN has defined as ‘the deadliest border in the world’, a border of which our society is guilty witness as human rights are trampled upon and the ‘stateless of the twenty-first century’ are left to drown.” Matteo Gori, Secretary General of the European Federalist Youth, added: “Never before has the future of Europe been decided at its borders, in Lampedusa as in Kiev, where the limits of the States and the EU are seen in a dramatic way. Only a federal Europe with a single migration policy and foreign policy can protect peace and human rights.”