By the European Humanist Federation

Between 23 and 26 May, European citizens will be called to vote in the European elections.

In many countries, these elections are considered inferior elections and campaigns often focus on national politics or on expressing discontent towards the government. However, the outcomes of European elections are fundamental as they will shape the composition and the work of the European Parliament, thereby shaping EU policies for the next 5 years to come. Furthermore, while the Member States nominate the European Commissioners, the European Parliament has its say via the consent procedure foreseen in the treaties.

Memorandum for the European elections

As humanists, we feel that the question is not the scope of European competences per se, but rather how our values can remain the basic drivers of European integration. This memorandum proposes a vision of a more humane EU that finds solutions to overcome the growing gap between its values and the policies it pursues. A Europe that is truly based on freedom, equality, solidarity and human dignity.

Because the EU is one of our main partners and because we want its action to fully embrace its fundamental values and principles – which, as expressed in article 2 of the treaty establishing the EU, are very much humanist values, we produced a humanist Memorandum for the European elections making a number of proposals in the following 6 key policy domains:

  1. Rule of law and democracy
  2. Civil society
  3. Fundamental rights and freedoms
  4. Equality and social justice
  5. Academic freedom and technology control
  6. Solidarity with the world

Our memorandum is available in English and in French

Manifesto for a humanist Europe

We also drafted a shorter document: our humanist manifesto for a Europe that truly Respects Freedom, Equality, Solidarity and Human Dignity.

This manifesto sums up the 14 key priorities where our memorandum proposes EU action:

  1. Preserving the rule of law and democracy
  2. Civil society as a counter-power and key promoter of European values
  3. Protect a secular vision of Europe
  4. Defend freedom of thought for everyone
  5. Defend freedom of expression
  6. Free and pluralist media as a backbone of citizen emancipation
  7. Freedom of choice, a building block of human dignity
  8. A society that values all people for who they are
  9. No human dignity without social justice and fairness
  10. Secular and public education as a condition for equality
  11. Scientific research and technology assessment
  12. A common immigration policy, based on solidarity and responsibility
  13. A strong Europe promoting peace and human rights on the world stage
  14. Solidarity with future generations: climate change and sustainable development

The manifesto is available in English and other languages.


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