Be positive, but keep trying!
The 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration falls at a particularly difficult time for Europe. What is the state of health of the Union?
The European Union has made great strides. In 70 years we have done things that were unimaginable, if we think that the Schumann declaration was made five years after the end of the Second World War. The world today is moving much faster and therefore it is an European Union that still has a great deal to change in order to keep its promise and to respond to Schuman's ambitions.
The feeling is that the community institutions are as alive and essential as ever. What is lacking is solidarity between nations. That is why I believe that the concrete and important responses that Europe is giving, has given and will give to the coronavirus crisis will be a major problem for the neo-nationalist forces. The Europe that exists is the supranational Europe, which decides by a majority when Parliament and the Council meet, which respects the autonomy of supranational institutions such as the Commission and the European Central Bank. We refer to the suspension of the Stability and Growth Pact, flexibility on state aid, the European integration fund, the European Stability Mechanism for Healthcare, the European Investment Bank.
Therefore: Betting together on Europe's common destiny pays off!
Sandro Gozi, President of the Union of European Federalists