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Non-Paper of 12 EU Member States

23 March 2021

On 23 March 2021 the Governments of 12 EU Member States (Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Slovakia, and Sweden) presented a Non-Paper on the Conference on the Future of Europe identifying the following priorities:

  • The structure of the Conference should be streamlined and avoid any unnecessary bureaucracy;
  • The structure of the Conference should not create legal obligations, nor should it duplicate or unduly interfere with already established legislative processes;
  • The main priority of the Conference should lie in engaging in a dialogue – based on an inclusive approach to diversity and gender equality – with citizens on what they expect from the EU;

  • Other priority topics should be:
  • Protecting and promoting the rule of law and fundamental values within the EU and worldwide;
  • Making the EU a global climate leader through an ambitious green transition and the implementation of climate targets, contributing to EU's competitiveness;
  • Fair and green economic recovery, including reforms increasing EU's competitiveness, resilience and stability;
  • Ensuring an effective, competitive, socially inclusive and sustainable internal market; and facilitating the EU's digital transition;
  • Managing migration challenges in a comprehensive, fair and humane manner;
  • Building global security, including by combating terrorism and violent extremism, both online and offline;
  • Making the EU a strong and credible global player, including by working towards greater efficiency in decision-making processes;
  • Promoting multilateralism and rules-based global free trade, both within the EU and externally;

Horizontal issues aimed at enhancing EU's democratic legitimacy:

  • Promoting EU institutions' democratic legitimacy through greater transparency of legislative procedures;
  • Ensuring the rule of law is constantly monitored and respected both at EU level and in each Member State;
  • Ensuring correct implementation and effective application of EU legislation within Member States; promoting the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality;
  • Involving citizens, including young people, civil society, social partners and national parliaments in the discussions on the future of Europe, with a view to strengthening the role of national parliaments in the EU’s daily work, also in application of the subsidiarity principle;
  • Safeguarding EU's inter-institutional balance, including the distribution of competences.

(Source: Italy's Chamber of Deputies)

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