Protecting the value-based partnership with the US

Resolution submitted by: JEF Political Commission 3 – External Affairs and Global Governance

Adopted by JEF Congress, Paris, October 27th, 2019

JEF Europe,

  1. Acknowledging the long-standing firm commitment of every US administration, both democratic and republican, since WWII to European integration as guarantor of a peaceful, prosperous and secure Europe inextricably linked by shared values to the US;
  2. Recognising the commitment starting with the Marshall-Plan throughout the Cold War guaranteeing European development under a US security umbrella; admitting that the United States of America has been serving as a role-model for European federalism to unite the continent;
  3. Deploring the substantial shift in priorities of the current  US administration under President Trump turning towards isolationism and protectionism, thus departing from well-established mutual principles; as he claimed on 24 September 2019, speaking at the UN General Debate, saying “the future does not belong to globalists, [it] belongs to patriots”;
  4. Expressing its appreciation, on the contrary, for President-elect of the European Commission, Mrs Von Der Leyen’s speech on 10 September 2019 at the presentation of the new team of Commissioners in Brussels, saying “My Commission will be a geopolitical Commission […]. And I want the European Union to be the guardian of multilateralism. Because we know that we are stronger by doing together what we cannot do alone.”
  5. Disturbed by the pace and scope of the dismantling of institutions and programmes serving the public interest undertaken by the de facto corporate government, further contributing to the drifting apart of American society in socio-economic as well as political terms;
  6. Concerned by a sharp increase of hate crimes since the 2016 presidential election, especially ones committed by white supremacists; while recognising the complex set of linkages – including the dismantling of public services – within which hate and fear could be given further impetus to thrive;
  7. Severely worried that the composition of the current administration strongly resembles a Who’s Who of the American oil, real-estate and financial industries and that individuals closely linked to right-wing extremist movements and media outlets that incite hatred and violence are playing a leading role in shaping US policy in the White House;
  8. Recognising that the EU and the US have been allies in coining and protecting international law and norms as a prerequisite for multilateralism;
  9. Noting the limited focus on cooperation on higher education and vocational training between the EU and the US in the Erasmus+ programme.
  10. Recognising the mutual benefit of scientific and technological cooperation between the US and the EU in the Horizon 2020 programme.;
  11. Recalling the leading and decisive role of the EU and US to achieve a global agreement in Paris that offers the world a framework for protecting our planet and to fight global warming;
  12. Regretting the US’ withdrawal from the Paris agreement;
  13. Taking into account that Europe and the US form the largest economic zone in the world accounting for one third of global trade and almost half of the global gross domestic product and a trading volume of 620 billion euros, the largest between any two partners worldwide;
  14. Concerned by the harsh rejection of free trade and the freezing of negotiations over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP);
  15. Deploring the decision to impose extremely damaging tariffs on US trading partners, including the EU especially, on, steel and aluminium under the guise of “national security;
  16. Recognising that tariffs are damaging to all parties involved in trade;
  17. Deploring President Trump’s strident criticism towards NATO and his questioning of Article 5 of the NATO Treaty;
  18. Viewing with apprehension President Trump’s repeated announcements of stronger US cooperation with Russia instead of cooperation with democratic allies and multilateral organisations such as NATO or the EU;
  19. Disturbed by the US administration’s undermining of European unity and especially its involvement in the Brexit issue;
  20. Calls on the EU and its Member states to offer a closer relationship to the US administration based on our shared values and principles including democracy, the rule-of-law, safeguarding human rights and freedom of the press in accordance with the EU Charter on fundamental rights;
  21. Urges all EU Member States to stand in solidarity and unity vis-a-vis an anti-EU US Foreign Policy and to object to calls for direct bilateral relations that ignore EU institutions;
  22. Calls on the European Commission to closely monitor, analyse and, when necessary, call out, the surge of hate crime and hate speech in the US as well as assaults on basic freedoms, particularly the freedom of the press and core state functions such as public health care and to offer support and expertise where necessary and requested to American civil society;
  23. Calls on the US administration to respect its international commitments towards international organisations and the international order it shaped;
  24. Calls on the EU to adequately respond to discriminatory trade behaviour by the US, restore a level playing field through the use of trade defence measures as a measure of last resort and conclude advanced trade agreements and economic partnerships with other international economies, in order to defend an open and fair trading system centred on the World Trade Organisation ;
  25. Calls on the EU to increase cooperation on higher education and vocational training in the Erasmus+ programme in order to promote mutual understanding between EU and US citizens.
  26. Calls on the EU to increase EU-US scientific and technological cooperation in the Horizon Europe programme, especially in research and innovation areas contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals.
  27. Calls on the EU to reopen negotiations on a new value-based trade and investment agreement between the EU and US, once the political situation in the US allows it, and to include safeguards for the EU’s standards (such as the minimum social protection schemes, GDPR and environmental standards) as part of the negotiations;
  28. Calls on the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European External Action Service (EEAS) to boost support for international institutions and multilateralism;
  29. Calls on EU Member States to substantially boost a common EU Foreign Policy through increased resources to fill the vacuum left by a US disengagement and, together with like-minded partners like Canada and Australia, to safeguard regional and global cooperation by taking over more responsibility particularly in the Neighbourhood;
  30. Calls on the EU Member States to maintain their coherence with regard to Russia and the sanction regime, making clear that we stand by Ukraine and its reform process and to be prepared to take the driver’s seat in upholding the sanctions regime in the future alone; and similarly to increase engagement in the Eastern Neighbourhood as a whole;
  31. Demands from the EU and its Member States to articulate clearly and visibly our belief in the rule of law on national and international level, and defend this guiding principle where necessary against US opposition;
  32. Underlines the possibility of European NATO Member States to significantly enhance their influence within NATO by increasing their military spending while being able to defend European countries without US engagement in the long-term;
  33. Highlights that any measures taken should be proportional, and not unnecessarily increase tensions and damage EU-US relations in the long term;
  34. Calls for the JEF Europe Executive Board to reach out to associations of US expats in Europe and US NGOs active in Europe, involving them in common debates or events, to strengthen the appreciation of US and European societies for shared values, common challenges and historical ties;
  35. Calls on the European Commission to foster transatlantic dialogue between scientists of all fields in order to express unity in the context of defamation of scientific work and knowledge and the spread of fake news.

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