Goals and activities

The "Gruppo dei dieci" is inspired by four powerful convictions:

  • a) Recognition of the need for a rapid and profound change in the Community system, allowing it to move towards a true Union of peoples sharing the same ideal. Such a change must aim to reinforce European citizenship, ensure lasting economic and social progress, strengthen Europe’s identity and independence, and promote peace and security in Europe and in the world. All this in accordance with the ideals, principles and values that inspired the founding fathers of Europe.
  • b) Recognition of the difficulties in managing, under the present rules, a Union that has progressively incorporated very widely differing countries; and, consequently, recognition of the need to extend majority voting and rationalise the procedures of the EU institutions, especially the Parliament, the Commission and the Council, without altering the balance between them that constitutes the Community’s element of originality.
  • c) Recognition that it is necessary to be committed not only to avoiding backward steps, but also to avoiding allowing the process of integration to be bound to the pace of those who, for various objective reasons, are moving more slowly; in other words, recognition that it is necessary to allow those countries that are more motivated and willing to lead the way, becoming the first to achieve objectives that have, moreover, already been agreed unanimously.
  • The method of enhanced cooperation between the governments of some member states, already envisaged by the Treaty of Rome, must be streamlined and made extendable to all the fields of integration. It is also necessary to keep it within the institutional framework of the European Union. This will make it possible to gradually transform the different national interests into community interests.
  • d) Recognition of the importance of the charter of fundamental values (individual, social and collective) that, interpreted in a modern way, constitute the basis of freedom in the EU. This aspect has become even more apparent with the entry, into the EU, of new countries, some of which have very different constitutional backgrounds.