Member states still have more weight on the EU seesaw. But the price is high: The EU is losing ground. The world knows well the 27 disagree so often: Migration. Defense. Foreign affairs. Energy. Health. And it’s so easy to play them off against each other.
To get on safe ground, at last, the EU needs the legitimising power of Europe’s 440 million citizens. The power of the People of Europe.
Let’s tip the seesaw to the other side: to the side of the People of Europe.
Let Europe become a true democracy.
Europe needs more than just laws, markets and money. It needs a soul: People who feel, think and act as free Europeans, complementary to their national identity.
We need, at last, to discover ourselves as the People of Europe. And we need to understand that no one but ourselves is called to decide the future path of Europe.
Being an Erasmus student or travelling across Europe is not enough to prove we exist. There must be more: a powerful story, entirely written by ourselves – but not a short story.
This is why we embarked on the March on Europe.
In our capacity as self-confident citizens of Europe, the European Parliament is our natural ally. It represents best our pan-European interests and hopes. Hence, the March on Europe serves above all to declare our full support for the European Parliament and to request the substantial strengthening of its rights within the EU network.
The March on Europe will request the full right of legislative initiative for the European Parliament.
The March on Europe will encourage voters to give weight to this request by raising turnout in the next European election to a historic high: 65%.
Stockholm – Strasbourg
Helsinki – Strasbourg
Kyiv – Strasbourg
Bucharest – Strasbourg
Athens – Strasbourg
Palermo – Strasbourg
Lisbon – Strasbourg
Edinburgh – Strasbourg
* starting point of a trail
at the starting points of eight axes: Lisbon, Edinburgh, Stockholm, Helsinki, Kyiv, Bukarest, Athens, Palermo, each of the axes stretching over 2,000 km approx.
1- or 2-day-stops at appropriate places (cities, villages, landmarks): time for talks, action, recreation
the Final Rally, the Guardian Circle, the Concert for the March on Europe
approx. one week before the beginning of the 10th EU elections