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  • 27th May 2016
  • The Hague, Netherlands,
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European Movement Federal Assembly 2016

On 27 May 2016 the European Movement International’s Federal Assembly met in The Hague with an ambitious agenda, packed full of important policy positions to be debated and agreed upon among the 78 member organisations.

The three political committees (on More Democracy; Jobs and Growth; and Europe in the World), which form the core of the European Movement International’s political direction, met in the morning to discuss a whole host of topics, including enlargement, migration and digital policy.

The Federal Assembly plenary began with a political debate on several topics including the British EU referendum, Migration and the Refugee crisis, Security, European Union Enlargement and Schengen:

  • A new EMI Briefing Paper ‘The consequences of a UK exit from the European Union‘ was presented. It formed the basis for a discussion on the UK referendum; with members agreeing that Britain’s future is in the EU and a possible exit would have negative effects, both for Britain and the EU as a whole.
  • On the topic of migration, members discussed the Movement’s new position on Migration and the Refugee Crisis, which among other things calls for reforming the Dublin regulation, readjusting the Blue Card regulation and treating refugees with the dignity and respect they deserve.
  • On Enlargement, members had the chance to discuss the first set of points ahead of the preparation of draft Policy Position. The discussion focused on some of the obstacles to the process, and the challenges that civil society faces in the different Member States.
  • On Free Movement and Schengen, members discussed the draft Policy Position prepared by the International Office. The focus was on preserving Europe’s open boarders and safeguarding citizens’ rights. Members discussed need for effective control of the external borders and a common European immigration and asylum policy.
  • A debate on the Movement’s new position on Security was framed within the context of High Representative Federica Mogherini’s EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy, to be presented in June. The Movement urges the Union to streamline existing strategies and priorities and to focus on coordinated, impactful and joint action.

The event ended with a keynote address by Bert Koenders, Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, who outlined the challenges the EU faces and sketched his thoughts for the way forward (for the full speech see here).


Relevant documents

Federal Assembly Agenda 2016

Policy position on Brexit

Policy position on Migration

Policy position on Security


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  1. Gerrit Bogaers
    Gerrit Bogaers May 27th,2016 23:41:03 Comment #163

    Dutch Minister B. Koenders of foreign affairs pointed out in his today’s speech three most important topics which must be answered by the EU States and their citizens and its companies in good mutual cooperation, the monetary problems of the Euro, the threat of IS and Al-Qaeda, and the adequate best human help concerning refugees in balance with the requirements of European States to survive as vital states and populations. The fourth main topic however as a binding factor for the European Union has not been mentioned in this gathering of citizen members of the European Union, meaning the threats of worsening climate and earth conditions. I’m talking not only about Climate Change but about Earth Change as well. One can see its ongoing development worldwide.
    In April, May 2016 climate scientists warned for the upcoming problems caused by a growing speed of sea ice melt and as a result of that an increasing process of melt of land ice in the Antarctic, far worse and far more dramatic than was expected until now. The raise of the world temperature will be higher than the of two degrees Celsius the Paris conference of November-December 2015 wanted to maximise. The since short expected developments have been calculated and translated in much higher ocean levels than was expected till now.
    One can see worldwide more and more heavier storms and hurricanes/cyclones, more severe draughts and or floods and floodings, earthquakes, volcanism, tsunami’s and what have you.
    What this can mean for the shape and form of States and the continuity of peoples and economies is subject to well speculated guesses. Not only islands in the Indian Ocean are under threat.
    Europe will not be free of the upcoming problems.
    Problems that cannot be solved by States not cooperating together.
    At the end of the meeting I asked Minister Koenders to make this the most important topic worldwide. Better be prepared than saying sorry.

    Mr G.J-A.M. Bogaers, advocate, Laren NH, Netherlands, Friday 27th. May 2016

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