Debates in Member States
One goal of the New Pact for Europe project is to foster a wider public debate on the EU’s future at both European and national level; to contribute fresh but also realistic thinking and ideas on how to address the challenges facing Europe; and to help close widening gaps between Member States and even within EU countries about Europe’s future.
Building on the analysis and proposals elaborated in previous phases, in 2016-2017 the New Pact for Europe (NPE) project will explore how the EU can better serve the interests of its member states and citizens, through national and transnational debates on key policy challenges (the migration/refugee crisis, internal and external security, as well as economic and social challenges). This will be done through discussions in National Reflection Groups created specifically for this purpose in ten EU countries (Belgium, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal and Slovakia) as well as through transnational exchanges between these groups.
The ultimate aim of this new phase of the NPE project is to elaborate with the help of a European Reflection Group the details of a wider ‘package deal’ to equip the EU with the tools it needs to meet the internal and external challenges it faces, while also taking into account the diverse interests of its member states and citizens.
A calendar of the events that will take place will be found here.