EFA Meeting with Barroso Successful
More Respect for Regions, More Europe
The members of the European Free Alliance (EFA) delegation
met today the President of the European Commission Barroso
to ask for more respect and recognition
of the regions. In the meeting president of EFA Nelly Maes focused on the regions
and stateless nations and their essential role in the EU. More respect for
regions will lead to more involvement of the EU citizens. This is the only
way to achieve real and true subsidiarity, a corner stone value of the EU.
It is the only way to bring Europe closer to the people.
What the EU needs most according to President of the European Free Alliance
Nelly Maes "is a condense and clear Constitution in which citizens can
recognize the soul of the EU project. The EU also needs a policy that really
takes into account the diversity of regions and cultures."
Another issue concerns our partners. They expressed their concerns about the
social cohesion due to renegotiations on European Funds, from 2007 on. Less
money will be available for the regions. This will affect Wales, Corsica, Galicia,
Andalusia and Fryslan and others.
EFA focuses on the importance of minority rights and the Copenhagen criteria
in candidate countries but also in the current 25 member states. Our partner
in Greece EFA/Rainbow underlines the importance of the recognition of the Macedonian
minority and language by the Greek authorities. The lack of this recognition
is a clear breach of the basic rights of the Macedonians living there.
Finally the EFA delegation expressed its concerns on the blind alley the EU
is driving in. After the results of the referendum on the EU Constitution in
France and the Netherlands, it is imperative to replace arrogance with empathy
but it is also essential to put more effort in explaining the advantages of
peace and prosperity to all citizens of the EU.
The EFA delegation with Nelly Maes, President of the European Free Alliance
(EFA), Begona Lasagabaster, Secretary General of the EFA (International Relations
and deputy of EA, Basque Country, Spain), Josep-Lluis Carod-Rovira, President
of ERC and member of the Catalan Parliament(Catalunya, Spain). Ana Miranda,
Spokesperson of BNG in Brussels (Galicia, Spain) and Jean-Christophe Angelini,
Secretary General of the PNC (Corsica, France).
Nelly Maes, president of EFA
(Co-director EFA Gunther Dauwen 0032 474/53.35.61)