"Belgium and the EU : matching rhetoric and commitment" Launch of the NPE Belgian National Report
Egmont – Institute for International Relations – hosted a special event to present its contribution to the project New Pact for Europe.
At several occasions, the Belgian National Reflection Group (NRG) has met to reflect on the 'state of the Union' from a national perspective and discuss the main challenges the EU and its members are facing, taking into account both the European and national perspectives. These meetings opened-up with the first Belgian NRG meeting, held on the 26th of May 2016 in the presence of Minister Reynders, and has been followed by few others – among which two transnational meetings with the Finnish and Slovak delegations participating to the project.
These meetings have resulted in the finalization of a national report, presenting the outcomes of these discussions.
This report was released at the occasion of this official launch on the 11th of May and presented by the Director of the European Affairs Programme of the Egmont Institute, Alexander Mattelaer. The support used for this presentation can be downloaded here: PPT presentation on the Belgian National Report by Alexander Mattelaer.
The report proposes ideas and recommendations on how the EU and its members should react to EU's main challenges and lays down how the EU and European integration should develop in the years to come. It can be downloaded on this page.
This event was the opportunity to share publicly the outcome of this long-lasting initiative and to explain the outreach and goals of New Pact for Europe. The Minister of State & Former Prime Minister of Belgium, Mark Eyskens, commented on the Belgian report and Janis Emmanouilidis, Director of Studies at the European Policy Centre (EPC), presented a comparative European view based on the lessons learned from the reflection of the other National Reflection Groups.