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French President Emmanuel Macron, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Polish President Andrzej Duda, and Slovak President Andrej Kiska also signed the appeal.
The Presidents called on all European citizens who are entitled to vote to take part in the European elections in May. "It is you, the European citizens who decide which path the European Union shall follow,” they said in the appeal. They pointed out that the elected MEPs, along with the Council of the European Union, would decide, for example, which rules should apply in Europe.
The appeal recalls that the EU faces many challenges, including the departure of the UK from the Union or ideas for more integration, or a multi-speed Europe. "Views on these matters differ among the citizens and governments of the Member States, as well as between us Heads of State. However, we all agree that European integration and unity is essential and that we want to continue Europe as a Union. Only a strong community will be able to face up to the global challenges of our time," the Presidents emphasized.
"The effects of climate change, terrorism, economic globalization, and migration do not stop at national borders. We will only meet these challenges successfully and continue on the road to economic and social cohesion and development by working together as equal partners at the institutional level," the Presidents added.
The Heads of States call for a strong European Union with joint institutions capable of reforming itself and built on its citizens and its Member States as a vital base. At the same time, they warn against the return of Europe in which countries are not equal partners but opponents.
In the Czech Republic, the European Parliamentary elections will be held on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th May. This year, there are 39 parties, movements or coalitions running for the European Parliament in Czechia.