On 30 July 2019, the Düsseldorf-based association We are Europe! appealed to Ursula von der Leyen, President-elect of the Commission, to give top priority to the full democratisation of the EU. In the same letter, it called on her to put the topic “European association” back on the agenda of the Commission:
Since the mid-1980s, the introduction of a European statute for associations has been under discussion in the EU. Such a statute would, at last, allow the European civil society to organise itself across national borders and thus catch up with the European economy that benefits from a corresponding vehicle in the form of the European Company since 2004. Unfortunately, the European Commission removed this issue from its agenda in 2005. In February 2019, we therefore launched the campaign “Yes, we are a European association – YEA!” (www.say-yea.eu) for the introduction of a European association statute. We would be extremely grateful if you could reintroduce this project into the work programme of the new Commission. We are sure that many associations would make use of the opportunity to organise themselves as European associations. That alone would give a very considerable boost to the much-quoted European sense of community.