Talking Europe with Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen, Director General of DG Communications

On Tuesday, 16 June from 10:30-11:30 CET, the first digital edition of Talking Europe was held in partnership with the European Commission. This new series of online events aims to discuss the EU’s work and how it affects all Europeans.

Our first guest, Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen, Director General of the Commission’s DG Communications, discussed what the EU has been doing to address the COVID pandemic and to communicate its efforts.

As the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic rippled across the continent, the European Commission took rapid and decisive steps to coordinate a common European response to the global outbreak with an aim to limit the spread of the virus and its impact. Since then the Commission has been working on producing exit strategies which allow for economic reboot, while continuing to protect the health and security of citizens are key.

The Commission has also been active in the communications domain, sharing reliable scientific information, combating disinformation and showcasing how the EU has stepped forward to protect European from the pandemic.

The event was be streamed live on our Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. After the initial discussion, attendees had the opportunity to engage in a Q&A session.

A replay of the live event is available here :

We encourage participants to join the discussions on Twitter using the hashtag #TalkingEurope. When tweeting, please use the handles @EMInternational and @EU_Commission.

The event is the first of a series of discussions entitled ‘Talking Europe’, organised in partnership with the European Commission with the aim to foster debate on the European Union’s work and its affect on the everyday lives of citizens, involving stakeholders from civil society, political institutions and the wider European community.

Tackling the Root Causes of Migration

On 2 February 2017 the European Movement International held an event with Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation & Development to discuss mass population movements from the development perspective.

The discussion focused on the question whether EU development tools should prevent or mitigate threats such as civil war, persecution, poverty and climate change which are often the main push factors for mass migration.

The keynote speech by the Commissioner was followed by a panel, featuring Judith Sargentini MEP and Claire Seaward, Humanitarian Campaign and Advocacy Manager, Oxfam International; Ester Asin, Director & EU Representative, Save the Children International.

As part of a broader series of events to discuss the ‘European Responses to Migration’, this launch event aimed to kick off a debate on common European solutions to address irregular or forced migration, to critically assess current European responses and to provide input for further action.

The second event in this series took place on 7 March 2017.

Welcoming words were given by Jo Leinen MEP, President, European Movement International.

The event featured a keynote speech by Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development.

Read the full speech delivered by the Commissioner

Take a look at out full event report here.

For further background information on this topic, please take a look at our Briefing Note and Policy Paper.

You can take a look at the photos from the event here:

On Our Watch Official Re-Launch

With the #EUelections2019 fast approaching, it was with great pleasure that we, the European Movement International, the European Youth Forum and Citizens for Europe, held the official re-launch of the new On Our Watch website. This event featured a brief presentation on the updated look and features of the new, as well as the integrated Vote Comparator developed specifically for the elections.

The launch was held on Wednesday, 15 May, at L42.

Overall, the intention of the new On Our Watch is dual. On the one hand, it creates a joint platform for civil society organisations to showcase their demands of the upcoming European Parliament. Down the line, we envisage these demands forming a basis for reviewing whether, or to what extent, parliament has acted with regards to those demands, including election manifestos and pledge campaigns. On the other hand, On Our Watch is intended to make important information easily accessible to the public at large.

*** Should you have any questions about On Our Watch and how to send in your contribution, please get in touch with Christian Skrivervik –

Date & Time Wednesday, 15 May 2019
Venue L42, rue de la Loi 42, Brussels

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