The Conference on the Future of Europe has failed

2022. 05. 04.

The European Parliament adopted its resolution on the Conference on the Future of Europe. According to MEP Kinga Gál, President of the Fidesz delegation in the European Parliament, instead of a public forum for free reflection, the conference was a charade, and therefore the Fidesz delegation in the European Parliament cannot accept the methods of the Conference or its conclusions. László Trócsányi, Fidesz MEP, said that any attempt at centralisation forms an obstacle to the reform of the EU.

MEP Kinga Gál pointed out: “The Conference on the Future of Europe has failed. It is not democratic, it is not pluralistic, and it is not legitimate to adopt conclusions in this way”. The MEP underlined that Hungary had the strongest proportion of citizens’ activity, and “yet national events and opinions, for example in Hungary, which did not meet the pre-decided conclusions, were simply deleted from digital platforms. If national parliaments indicated that there was no consensus on the most important issues, these opinions were bypassed. Just as not a single minute of speaking time was given to either the European Conservative Group in the European Parliament or to independent MEPs in the last plenary session of the conference.”

MEP Gál noted that, especially in such difficult times, thinking about the future of Europe should not be about transnational lists or abolishing unanimity in the Council. “The Conference on the Future of Europe was a theatre of intolerant and violent hegemony of opinion, not a joint forum for free reflection. We cannot therefore accept its methods or its conclusions. We still believe in pluralism of opinion and freedom”, the MEP concluded.

“The multi-directional crisis management of the European Union in recent years has shown that the EU needs to renew itself, but this cannot mean centralisation. Ideologically motivated centralisation efforts will lead to deepening crises”, MEP Trócsányi stressed. The MEP also highlighted that any initiative that seeks to diminish the powers of the Member States is doomed to failure. “These efforts form an obstacle to the reform of the European Union, instead of promoting the unity of a diverse Europe”, he added.