In the EU We (Mis)Trust: on the road to the European elections. Public stakeholders event in Amsterdam
On the 10th of April the European Cultural Foundation organised a New Pact for Europe public event in Amsterdam entitled "In the EU We (Mis)Trust: on the road to the European elections".
There is a growing mistrust of the EU among Europeans. Many citizens perceive the EU as being too distant and too bureaucratic. In the run-up to the European elections in May, the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) and De Balie are jointly organising a New Pact for Europe public debate about the EU and its future: In the EU We (Mis)Trust – on the road to the EU elections.
As Dutch citizens prepare to cast their vote for the European Parliament on May 22, the debate could not be more timely. At a moment in history when mistrust among citizens goes far deeper than the economic crisis, we want to know your vision for the future of the EU. Should we go back to the basics, undo the mistakes of the past? Dismantle the euro? Should we leap forward towards a fully-fledged political and economic Union? Or should we focus on finding new ways to involve citizens in the continent’s future?
George Pagoulatos, Professor European Politics and Economy, Athens University of Economics & Business; Member of the Governing Board, ELIAMEP, Athens
Philippe Legrain, writer and former economic advisor to European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, and Head of the Analysis team of the Bureau of European Policy Advisors (BEPA), will give the second key note speech.
Other panelists included:
Jet de Ranitz, President of the Executive Board, Amsterdam School of the Arts and Chair of Kunsten ‘92, Dutch association for arts, culture and heritage
Bas Eickhout, GroenLinks candidate in the European elections and Vice Group Leader of the Group of the Greens, European Parliament
Dirk Gotink, CDA candidate in the European elections and Policy Officer at the European Parliament
Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, VVD candidate in the European elections and Member of Parliament
Kati Piri, PvdA candidate in the European elections and Programme Manager South-Caucasus and Moldova, NIMD (Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy)
Marietje Schaake, D66 candidate in the European elections and Member of the European Parliament
Eric Smaling, SP candidate in the European elections and Member of the Parliament
The debate was moderated by Lennart Booij, co-founder of BKB, The Campaign Agency, Amsterdam.