ELIANT submits this Memorandum with reference to article 11 of the Treaty on European Union relating to participatory democracy. ELIANT has the support of one million citizens.
ELIANT calls for an EU legislative framework to provide the conditions for safeguarding and promoting activities based on Anthroposophy. The activities of applied Anthroposophy are focused on the individual citizen in Europe, strengthening his personal ability to act as an individual responsible for his cultural, social, and natural environment, as a conscious consumer and as person who takes care for his well-being: Biodynamic food and agriculture, Anthroposophic medical treatment and Waldorf-Steiner education all contribute to an active and healthy person and ultimately to the health of European society as such.
ELIANT members consider their initiatives as making a valuable contribution to the cultural and economic diversity of Europe. They consider that European integration should not lead to a levelling down but rather promote differences in accordance with the motto “United in diversity” to the advantage of everybody in Europe.
ELIANT’s requests fit well with some of the flagship initiatives of the Europe 2020 Strategy such as those related to “Innovation Union”, “Industrial policy” and “Youth on the move”. ELIANT members are concerned about the fact that some of their activities in agriculture, nutrition and health care suffer from the fact that mainstream EU legislation does not sufficiently take into account the specific requirements of their approach. ELIANT regrets in particular that some of the achievements of applied Anthroposophy, for instance in medicine and health care, are only available in some Member States while they are not admitted in others. European citizens should have the advantage to enjoy their freedom of choice everywhere in the internal market.
Other activities of ELIANT members, especially in education, propose strengthening certain ongoing actions of the Union.
ELIANT’s main concerns and requests with regard to EU legislation and policies are:
Agriculture and Nutrition
- No artificial vitamin fortification for biodynamic and other organic baby food
- Assure the continued legal manufacture and use of biodynamic preparations
- Legal protection of biodynamic agriculture and organic farming against GMO contamination
- Hygiene legislation in the food chain must not lead to the abolition of SMEs in rural areas; introduction of the concept of salutogenesis in hygiene measures
- Secure voluntary (not mandatory) electronic identification (EID) in animal keeping and production
Medicine and Health
- develop adequate legislative and regulatory frameworks to secure access to all Anthroposophic Medicinal Products for human use (AMP) equally for citizens in all European Member states
- implement fully the right of establishment and the free movement of services for Anthroposophic Medicine (AM) professionals,
- integrate the appropriate patients’ rights into measures relating to consumers’ interests, especially in view of patients using AM,
- appropriately integrate the AM into measures related to the improvement of public health
Education and lifelong learning
- improve educational outcomes by reassessing how certain childhood competences such as the development of imagination in free play are prerequisite to the development of competences later on in life,
- engage the motivation, thinking skills and creative action of young people through, for instance, the increased use of portfolio work and greater freedom of curricula,
- involve more actively independent educational stakeholders in the clusters devoted to educational themes
- pay special attention to the situation of people with special needs, such as learning disabilitiesand complex dependency needs, within the European Disability Strategy 2010–2020
- Future R & D Programmes of the EU, in particular FP 8 should more substantially take into account the need for holistic research approaches to living processes
- Establish a technology platform “Complementary and holistic research in life sciences”
Part II of the Memorandum describes the “Action ELIANT” collecting 1 million signatures supporting the aims of its Charter.
In particular the report shows that Action ELIANT comes close to the requirements of article 11§4 TEU and the new regulation on the citizens’ initiative. This relates in particular to the minimum number of Member States and the minimum number of signatures per State. ELIANT has also paid particular attention to the verification of signatures.
The one million ELIANT signatures of European citizens are an indication that, on the matters mentioned in Part I, legal acts of the Union are required for the purpose of implementing the Treaties adequately. All the subjects fall within the powers of the Commission under the Treaties either by submitting legislative proposals or encouraging cooperation between Member States.
In this light ELIANT considers its initiative if not formally falling under Article 11§4, at least as a step of great political value in the context of Article 11§2 TEU. ELIANT therefore expects the Commission to reply adequately to the concerns expressed in this Memorandum