Certain initiatives do not easily fit into one or even several types of initiatives. By virtue of their broad nature or forming a cohesive whole, breaking them up into smaller initiatives only serves to weaken their effectiveness.
Pierre Calame, President of the Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for Human Progress, has opened a discussion on conditions for rebuilding Europe based on 18 reform initiatives. They are geared around a Europe that redefines governance, democracy and citizenship, a Europe that builds its economy anew and a Europe that recreates its place on the world stage. This text also serves as a “portal”, since it is founded on initiatives of a group of European civil society organisations.
Mr Calame explains how the group reached their conclusions in an introductory text called “What kind of Europe does the world need?”, available in English, French, Spanish, German and Polish.
The Schuman Declaration on 9 May 1950 set European construction into motion. Sixty years later, the Union that Robert Schuman hoped for is at a turning point. Its success in preserving peace on the continent has exceeded all expectations. But Europeans, hoping that the Union would also assure prosperity, develop a vision for their future and be their voice on the world stage, are worried (…). Jean-François Jamet and Guillaume Klossa (…) offer a new strategy for Europe composed of 60 practical initiatives, based on a detailed analysis of the challenges faced by the Union. Like Robert Schuman and Jean Monnet 60 years ago, they show that Europe has the possibility, the will and the need to be ambitious and audacious. It is up to European leaders to heed their advice: Europe will be greater for it! - Foreword by Maria Joao Rodrigues, April 2010
The French NGO “Sauvons l’Europe” has issued 52 proposals “pro-european and progressist” - full programme for “Europrogressism”.