With the 2019 European elections fast approaching, CSOs are gathering to assess what the European Parliament has achieved in this term and what remains to be done for 2019. The On Our Watch project was launched by the European Movement International, European Youth Forum and IHECS School of Journalism and Communication to analyse how MEPs have worked on key issues. We aim to inform citizens and offer a platform for organisations to have their say on the EP’s work in their areas of expertise.
Conflicts are flaring up in the Western Balkans, jeopardising not only regional relations but also the European integration process of many of the (potential) candidate countries. These recent developments have exposed the fragility of democratic systems in the region.
Civil society organisations and trade unions have signed the joint statement ‘The Europe we want: Just, Sustainable, Democratic and Inclusive’. This statement has been instigated by WWF on behalf of the Green 10, ETUC, CONCORD, European Movement International, European Women’s Lobby and European Youth Forum. The document calls on EU leaders to show leadership, vision and courage to set Europe on the path to a sustainable future which realises the rights of all people and respects planetary boundaries.
Il Fatto Quotidiano – L’appello di sindacati e Wwf: “Serve un’Ue con più democrazia”
Goele Janssen, Director of the European Movement Belgium, argues that Juncker has made the right call in proposing five different scenarios for the future of the EU, as it avoids a simple for/against discussion. She sees the need for a new European narrative, written by its citizens:
Le Vif – ‘Quo Vadis Europa’
On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, the members of the Honorary Council of the European Movement International, take the opportunity not only to reflect on what has been achieved, but to look forward and lay out a positive vision for the future of the European Union in times of turmoil:
The Irish Times – Former leaders urge ‘bold actions’ for future of EU
Die Presse – EU braucht positive Vision
Sky News – All Out Politics
Jo Leinen MEP argues for the need to give British citizens a final say on any final deal that the UK makes with the EU, and talks about the opportunities open to the UK during the Brexit negotiations.
Sustain Europe – Climate Action as a European Responsibility
Jo Leinen MEP, President of the European Movement International, writes about the importance of engaging citizens in a dialogue on ecologically sustainable development.
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EU Observer – Rising to the challenge of ‘European Angst’
Ahead of the European Angst Conference, Alex Godson discusses the rise of populist ideals in contemporary political narratives, and in the media we consume on a daily basis.
Beppe Severgnini, one of the conference moderators, also discusses the place of memory in overcoming populist political tendencies here.
politik & kommunikation – Brüssel: Lobbying ohne Hinterzimmer
Christian Wenning, Board member of the European Movement International, discusses the world of ‘backroom lobbying’ in Brussels.
The Women of Europe Awards was organised by the European Movement International alongside the European Women’s Lobby. In its first edition this year, the Awards honoured Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition, with the accolade of ‘Woman in Power’, and Adela Ionela Dinu as its women’s rights activist champion. You can read background to this event here and find the press clippings below:
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A new Advocacy Strategy for the EU Integration of the Western Balkans, calling for Balkan enlargement to be reprioritised, has been put together by the European Movement International and a number of think tanks.
Ahead of the Women of Europe Awards, organised jointly by the European Movement International and the European Women’s Lobby, Petros Fassoulas and Joanna Maycock discuss making gender equality a prerequisite to achieving a sustainable Europe.
EurActiv – A budget that connects citizens with the EU
Increasing the bloc’s revenue with own resources and strengthening the link between policy goals and spending would make the EU more dynamic and more relevant to its citizens, writes Petros Fassoulas.
Petros Fassoulas writes about specific proposals that can help rebuild trust in the European project, as well as forge a new path that better reflects citizens’ voices and concerns.
World Commerce Review – A roadmap for a post-Brexit EU
Petros Fassoulas reflects on a summer of turmoil in EU decision-making, and projects a vision of what a future EU can do both to religitimise itself in the eyes of citizens and to create coherent policies in the future.
Al Jazzera – Brussels welcomes appointment of May as British PM
Petros Fassoulas commentates on the British renegotiation with the EU and the importance of the relationship around the Single Market following the appointment of the new British PM.
The Parliament Magazine – UK would need substantial reforms to benefit economically from Brexit, says study
The Parliament Magazine draws on research conducted by the European Movement secretariat regarding the consequences of a UK exit from the European Union, which can be found here.
Petros Fassoulas, speaking from Belgrade, Serbia, discusses the likely effects on the EU Enlargement process following the fallout from the UK referendum.
Even though it is clear that the effect of Brexit would be felt hardest in the UK, it is fair to say that the effects would reverberate across the Channel too, writes Petros Fassoulas, European Movement International Secretary General.
Politico – France’s plan for a bloody Brexit
Tara Palmeri reports on how France may react to a negative vote in the UK referendum in order to avoid emboldeining anti_EU support elsewhere. Petros Fassoulas is among the experts voicing an opinion.
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You can see the European Movement’s full policy position on “The Consequences of a British exit from the European Union” here.
In May, the European Movement International held its annual Federal Assembly, which gathers together the many members of the Movement for discussions on its future political direction and allows members to share updates with one another. You can find out more about the meeting here.
Among other items, this year members discussed the following policy areas:
Talk Radio Europe – Britain Decides: The EU Referendum (Click to listen)
Petros Fassoulas, Secretary General, European Movement International, joins the Britain Decides programme to discuss why he believes the UK will be better off if it chooses to remain in the EU.
EurActiv – United we stand, divided we fall
While High Representative Federica Mogherini is preparing the EU’s ‘Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy’ , Petros Fassoulas, European Movement International Secretary General, outlines the European Movement’s security demands. In doing so, he suggests that the EU offers the best forum for cooperation on defence and security issues.
World Commerce Review – Launching the fourth industrial revolution (p.12)
Eva Paunova MEP, and Vice President of the European Movement International talks about the importance of adapting to the possibilities of ‘industry 4.0’ across our education systems, economic practices and in our daily lives.
“The migration crisis has come to challenge European solidarity, the principle of free movement and the EU’s dedication to human rights” writes Petros Fassoulas.
EurActiv – Regaining the enlargement momentum
Petros Fassoulas talks about the numerous challenges still ahead in negotating EU enlargement – notably in the Western Balkans and Turkey, the topic of the upcoming European Movement International Conference, Civil Society and Beyond – a Joint Dialogue on the European Path.
The English translation of this article is here.
Further articles from our congress in Serbia are available here.
E!Sharp – We need to talk about Poland
Petros Fassoulas, Secretary General, European Movement International, argues that we cannot let our values be compromised when talking about fundamental values.
Politico – Battle on Cameron’s home front
European Movement International Secretary General Petros Fassoulas argues that the draft proposals on reformed EU membership put forward by Donald Tusk provide a solid basis for Prime Minister Cameron to secure a final deal that can be presented as a victory for the UK.
Eva Paunova MEP, and Vice President of the European Movement International, speaks to EurActiv on what she expects to be delivered by the Digital Single Market package.
Politico – France fears Brexit debate will boost Le Pen
Petros Fassoulas, Secretary General, European Movement International speaks to Politico about the rise of far right movements and their increased influence in National politics in both the UK and France.
Petros Fassoulas, Secretary General, European Movement International, argues that if the common currency and the European Union itself are to survive, radical changes in the Eurozone’s governance structure are needed.
The New European – To TTIP or Not to TTIP?
European Movement International Board Member, Olivier Hinnekens, argues that citizens need to be involved in the decision making process in TTIP.
Petros Fassoulas, Secretary General, European Movement International, warns against Commission plans to speed up the UK referendum process.
Debating Europe – VIDEO DEBATE: Debating the State of Europe
At the opening of the Friends of Europe annual ‘State of Europe‘ high-level roundtable, our local member Joke Minnen asked a panel of experts to share their views on lehal ways for refugees to enter Europe.
Politico – The In crowd to Commission: Back off!
Petros Fassoulas shares his views on the role of the European Commission in the UK referendum campaign, which recently got under way.
Our President, Jo Leinen, speaks about reform of EU electoral law, including the need to create European transnational lists.
Politico – Hoping to put the ‘In’ back in Britain
Petros Fassoulas speaks with Tara Palmeri about the need to mobilise pro-Europeans in the UK.
Following reports that Martin Schulz is exploring ways to include the European Parliament in assessing the Greek bailout, our President, Jo Leinen and our Secretary General, petros Fassoulas share their thoughts.
Al Jazeera – A second chance for Alexis Tsipras
Following Sunday’s vote, Alexis Tsipras has returned to office as Greek prime minister. Our Secretary General, Petros Fassoulas, appeared on a panel to discuss what this means.
With the refugee crisis taking centre stage in European debate, our Secretary General, Petros Fassoulas, argues in favour of a holistic solution.
World Commerce Review – An opportunity to meet future challenges (P.18)
Three key summits taking place this year will together help determine a blueprint to tackle climate change, create a framework for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and deliver on development financing.
LBC radio – Should we accept a migrant quota from Calais?
Our Secretary General, Petros Fassoulas discussed the migrant situation in Europe and what it means in the UK.
EurActiv – In search of a vision for Europe
Following the Greek referendum our new Secretary General, Petros Fassoulas, outlines his thoughts on what is now needed from European leaders to deliver a clear vision for Europe.
EurActiv – The case for common rules for EU democracy
The initiative of the Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Affairs to reform the outdated European electoral law is a positive move. A reform of the European electoral system and the rules governing the European parties is necessary to strengthen the link between the European parties and the European public, writes Bernd Hüttemann, Vice President, European Movement International.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) offers the prospect of economic growth and job creation on both sides of the Atlantic, but should not be agreed to without transparent and proactive engagement of all stakeholders, writes Diogo Pinto.
EurActiv – 2015: A window of opportunity for the EU
The 2015 European Year for Development creates an opportunity for the European Union to act as a united force, contributing to the global development agenda, writes Diogo Pinto.