Prime indicazioni su sta famosa assemblea sul futuro dell'Europa proposta da quel furbetto franco-sciovinista di Macron.
Il carattere bottom-up è contro-bilanciato dalla rappresantanza - sembrerebbe prevalente - di MEP e forze sociali. Segnalo, tra gli altri organismi, il coinvolgimento del Comitato delle Regioni.
Qui nel recap della NL di Politico.
CONFERENCING THE FUTURE
EVEN HIGH AMBITION REQUIRES STRUCTURE: The planned Conference on the Future of Europe “must be a bottom-up exercise where European citizens are listened to and their voices contribute,” leaders of the European Parliament’s political groups will state later today, according to the latest draft document set to be adopted at a meeting. But as a good European project, that “bottom-up” exercise needs a very good dose of bureaucracy around it.
Let’s have a look into the document, the brain-child of Parliament’s working group on the conference project. It’s hot off the presses, having been finalized late Wednesday, pre-dated to today, and seen by Playbook.
CITIZENS ARE INVITED TO SPEAK UP … Regular folks — not just anybody, but a number of people meticulously selected in order for them “to be representative” of the EU on the basis of geography, gender, age, socio-economic status and level of education, will be able to participate in a format called “citizens’ agora.” An EU president will provide them with excuse notes: “Arrangements should be made to ensure that all citizens participating in the conference can be supported in terms of a contribution to travel and accommodation costs and, where appropriate, authorised leave of absence from their workplace.”
… But politicians — strictly on the higher level — are the deciders: The conference “plenary” is made up of representatives of the European Parliament, the Council and national parliaments, the document says. (The economic and social committee, the Committee of the Regions and EU-level social partners will have their delegates too.) It is that body of EU professionals that will issue “final conclusions” in 2022, according to Parliament’s plans.
No, not for you, what were you thinking! Mayors or city councillors, on the other hand, will find themselves banned from either format — because they’re neither MEPs nor ministers or national MPs, but nonetheless are elected politicians. “Criteria should be defined to guarantee that elected politicians … cannot participate in citizens’ agora,” the document reads. After all, they’ve got their own ways to voice concerns and ideas, haven’t they?
MEPs FIRST: “Strict parity will be ensured between the European Parliament, on one hand, and the Council and national parliaments on the other” in the plenary, the document says — hence half of the seats will be reserved for MEPs. While the document foresees a “maximum 135” MEPs participating, it limits representatives from national parliaments to “2 to 4 members” for each of the EU’s (soon to be) 27 countries.
Doing the maths: That’s between about 54 and 108 MPs from across the EU, with the rest of the plenary filled up with members of 27 national governments. Note that the “representation of the Council must be at ministerial level,” as the document modestly decrees.
Decisions, we said? Oh yes: “The three EU institutions commit to a genuine follow-up … with legislative proposals, initiating treaty change or otherwise,” the Parliament draft says, mentioning that nasty, much-feared t-word. Handle the treaties with care, as many if not most in Council would say.
POMPOUS TITLES: Look at this beauty. “High-level Patronage will be ensured by the three institutions at the highest level, by the Presidents of the European Parliament, of the European Council and of the European Commission. This High-Level Patronage will have a role of guarantee of the process and patronage. The High-Level Patronage will kick off the Conference process and provide for its oversight all through its works until its final meeting.”
So where’s that new top job? Plenty of EU egos will be accommodated, according to Parliament’s plans. There’s a whole array of bodies, formats and organs at the different levels of the conference. Other than the aforementioned citizens’ platform and the plenary, there are “at least two youth agora,” one to be held “in the beginning of the Conference and one towards the end.” There’s also an “Executive Coordination Board,” a “Steering Committee,” and a secretariat.
And won’t all of these need a boss? A chair, president, speaker, chief rapporteur, relateur, pen-holder, patron saint, secretary-general, or otherwise?
So here’s the real fight du jour: The top of the structure — the presidents of the three Brussels institutions — and the aforementioned steering committee (two levels below them), are both, as such, pretty uncontroversial in Parliament. But there’s a fight brewing over who’ll oversee the in-between level — the executive board.
Where did Guy Verhofstadt’s job go? One idea is to have 10 people on that executive board: three from centrist groups in Parliament, the three commissioners who are somewhat responsible (Dubravka Šuica, Maroš Šefčovič, and Vĕra Jourová) and three ministers from the Council troika of presidencies in charge during the conference), with Sassoli presiding over them as primus inter pares. But that’s not going to please Renew Europe — which claims ownership of the idea, via Macron — or its former leader.