The European Movement International in 2016

2016 has been a challenging year for Europe. Engaging with the key developments for Europe’s future, the European Movement has worked to inform and influence the big debates, in close cooperation with our members.

With the year coming to an end, we want to share with you our key activities, from our events and communications to our policy output and lobbying work.

Below is a snapshot of some of the things we have worked on and plan to build upon in 2017. We have sought to provide thought leadership in the policy areas dominating the EU agenda, from Brexit to migration, security to free movement, enlargement to skills and youth.

The year ahead will see Europe at a crossroads. The European Movement will be present in all the important debates, offering our vision for the direction our Union should follow.

Policy and influencing


Free Movement and Schengen



Based on our Policy Position adopted in 2015, we engaged in the following actions:

  • Open Letter to Commissioner Avramopoulos with cross-party support from MEPs
  • Advocacy work around the EP Report on the social inclusion and integration in the labour market of refugees
  • Communication actions around the EMI Position on Migration
  • Over the summer, the EMI hosted a refugee volunteer via the Tandem project – read more on his journey in his blog
Own Resources

Rule of Law, democracy and transparency

Youth and Skills

The new European Movement website has received over 64,000 visits, viewing  over 140,000 pages.
Have a look also at our press releases, blog page and press mentions.
We have increased our social media presence by over 5,500 followers and reached out to over 2,500,000 accounts.In addition to its Weekly European Agenda, the European Movement International also published two ‘EU at a Glance’ calendars in 2016:

European Movement Network Gatherings

EMI Seminars for members

Throughout 2016, the EM International with the support of EM Germany organised a series of seminars designed to provide members with training on communications and public affairs. The seminar on 22 – 23 January moderated by Jon Worth focussed on social media. Adrian Taylor moderated a seminar on 4 – 5 November 2016 on public affairs and a seminar on 9 – 10 December on press and media relations. Read more herehere and here.

Members’ Council

On 25 November, the European Movement Members Council took place in Brussels. Representatives of our National Offices and the International Associations in our network gathered in the European Parliament to discuss key issues regarding Europe and to decide on future actions. Read more

Heads of Office meeting

On Thursday 6 October, the Heads of Office of the National European Movement Councils came together in Brussels to exchange views on current challenges and share ideas for the organisation of a conference in The Hague in 2018. Read more

International Associations meeting

On 1 July 2016 the International associations of the European Movement met to discuss political priorities for the months ahead. In the afternoon, working groups on Communications, Events and Policy gave staffers the opportunity to increase horizontal cooperation within the network. Read more
Federal Assembly

Members of the European Movement International met together in The Hague on Friday 27 May for the Federal Assembly. Up for debate were several topics including the British EU referendum, Migration and the Refugee crisis and Security. The day was closed by a speech of Dutch Foreign Affaris Minister Bert Koenders. Read more

European Movement International Events

Pictures of all events can be found on Flickr.

European Angst Conference

Populism, extremism and euroscepticism are haunting Europe, creating a tense atmosphere in which fear, hate, anger and anxiety general a climate of European Angst. Why is this happening now? And how are we dealing with it? The conference, full of passionate debate, was an initiative of the Goethe-Institut, organised together with the EMI.

Take a look as well at the Storify and pictures.

Women of Europe Awards

2016 saw the first edition of the ‘Women of Europe Awards’, organised by the EMI and European Women’s Lobby and developed with engaged EMI members. The 2016 winners, announced at a festive ceremony, are Margrethe Vestager as Woman in Power and Adela Ionela Dinu as Woman in Action.

Take a look as well at all nominees, the press release, the event report, and pictures.