Our Values

- Extracts from the manifesto of the European Movement Malta

The European Movement (Malta) draws inspiration from the principles of the European Movement International. It is guided by the European Values inscribed in:

  • The Hague Declaration of 1948 and subsequent Declarations adopted from time
  • to time by the Congress of Europe;
  • The European Convention on Human Rights;
  • The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union;
  • The Charter of Paris for a New Europe adopted in 1990;
  • The aims and objectives of the European Union as found in the Preamble and other provisions of the founding treaties of the European Union, and particularly Article 2 and 3 of the Treaty on European Union.

 

Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union states that “The Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. These values are common to the Member States in a society in which pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men prevail.”

The Objectives of the Union as found in the treaties are:

  • To promote peace, its values and the well-being of its peoples;
  • To offer its citizens an area of freedom, security and justice without internal frontiers, in which the free movement of persons is ensured;
  • To establish an internal market while safeguarding sustainable development, balanced economic growth and price stability, a highly competitive social market economy, aiming at full employment and social progress, and a high level of protection and improvement of the quality of the environment;
  • Promote scientific and technological advance;
  • Combat social exclusion and discrimination, promote social justice and protection, equality between women and men, solidarity between generations and protection of the rights of the child.
  • Promote economic, social and territorial cohesion, and solidarity among Member States;
  • Respect Europe’s rich cultural and linguistic diversity and ensuring that Europe’s cultural heritage is safeguarded and enhanced;
  • Establish an economic and monetary union whose currency is the euro.

 

In international affairs:

i. the EU must continue to uphold and promote its values and interests and contribute to the protection of its citizens;

ii. it must also contribute to peace, security, the sustainable development of the Earth, solidarity and mutual respect among peoples;

iii. free and fair trade, the eradication of poverty;

iv. the protection of human rights, in particular the rights of the child, as well as the strict observance and development of international law, including respect for the principles of the United Nations Charter.

Crucial Role of Civil Society

In accordance with the principles of the European Movement International, the European Movement Malta recognizes the crucial role of civil society in the development of a more democratic and united Europe. A vibrant Civil Society helps in the building of social capital, which strengthens citizen participation at various levels of society and is crucial for the development of a social market economy. For this reason, the European Movement Malta is committed to the strengthening of the role of civil society at the national and European levels.