The Angel Lies in the Details. What do European Citizens Expect for the New Parliament and the Commission?
This study, based on own calculations on Eurobarometer databases, explores attitudes of EU citizens regarding the future of Europe. The Eurobarometer surveys are used to examine the ratio of the supporters of different options identified in the New Pact for Europe Project.
Presentation of the second project report 'Towards a New Pact for Europe' in Warsaw, with Foreign Minister Schetyna
The second project report – Towards a New Pact for Europe – was presented and discussed at a public event in Warsaw on December 1.
Following a presentation of the report's key points and recommendations by Janis A. Emmanouilidis, Director of Studies at the European Policy Centre, the new Foreign Minister, Grzegorz Schetyna, used to opportunity to deliver his first major speech on the Poland´s perspective on the future of the European Union. Minister Schetyna praised the quality of the report arguing that it both identifies Europe's key challenges and presents ambitious while at the same time also realistic proposals in view of the new institutional cycle.
The second report of the New Pact for Europe project identifies two interlinked strategic challenges faced by the EU: those posed by economic, social and political divisions within and between countries, leading to increased fragmentation; and the growing perception in many EU countries that European integration is no longer a ‘win-win’ for everyone. Proposing a New Pact between Member States and between the EU and its citizens, the report suggests a Pact should be based on three main pillars – an Enabling Union, a Supportive Union and a Participatory Union – and a new grand project as part of a package deal balancing the interests of different Member States and different groups within them. The report is based on the input provided through 50 debates which took place in 17 EU Member States targeting different groups. It aspires to contribute to the debate on how to introduce ambitious but workable and realistic reforms to make the EU more effective in responding to the challenges Europeans are facing.
In a debate organised by the Europäische Bewegung Sachsen-Anhalt on 10 November in Halle (Germany), Andrej Stuchlik discussed the role of the EU for its citizens from a regional perspective in the framework of the second New Pact for Europe report.
In his speech, he stressed the decreasing public support for the European project since the onset of the crisis in 2008. Only a renewed effort of the EU to address growing fragmentation might eventually restore the public support for further integration.
In a debate organized by the European Cultural Foundation on 7 November at Bozar (Brussels), Janis A. Emmanouilidis dicussed the role of culture and citizens in a 'participatory Union' proposed in the framework of the second New Pact for Europe report.
Janis A. Emmanouilidis spoke at the annual meeting of the 500 Europe Direct information centres, which took place on 14 October 2014 in Bonn.
In his speech he argued that the EU and its members are faced with a growing perception that European integration is no longer a 'win-win' situation for all. To create fresh momentum that will allow Europe to exploit more of its potential and meet citizens’ needs and expectations, there is a need to elaborate a 'New Pact for Europe' between Member States and between the EU and its citizens.
On 8 July 2014 the New Pact for Europe and the Committee of the Regions organized a debate on The Strategic Options for the future of the EU.
Please find here the speech delivered at the event by Michel Lebrun, the President of the Committee of the Regions.
On 1 July, the New Pact for Europe consortium organized a debate in Brussels on “What are Europe’s strategic options?”.
This and other questions were debated at this event starting with a keynote speech by European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, followed by a Q&A session and a panel debate including Poul Skytte Christoffersen, Denmark’s Ambassador to Belgium, Giovanni Grevi, Director of FRIDE, Paweł Świeboda, President of demosEUROPA – Centre for European Strategy, and Janis A. Emmanouilidis, Director of Studies at the European Policy Centre.
The debate was chaired by Jacki Davis, EPC Senior Adviser.
The first report of the New Pact for Europe project, which reflects the work and discussions of a Reflection Group including EU experts from different Member States, analyses the 'state of the Union', describes the key challenges Europe faces and presents five potential strategic options for the future of European integration. The report will be discussed between December 2013 - April 2014 by citizens, politicians, policy-makers and key stakeholders in about 50 events in many EU countries to generate ideas for future action.
The third meeting of the Reflection Group of the News Pact for Europe project took place on 2-3 July 2013 in the premises of the King Baudouin Foundation. Participants discussed potential policy measures and advantages as well as disadvantages of the strategic options for the future of the EU/Europe.
The first meeting of the Advisory Group of the News Pact for Europe project took place on 24 June 2013 in the premises of the King Baudouin Foundation. The participants discussed the 'state of the Union', major internal and external challenges, and potential strategic options for the future of Europe/EU.
On 27/28 May 2013 the Reflection Group of the New Pact for Europe project gathered in Brussels for their second meeting. Participants had a first discussion about potential strategic options for the EU/Europe taking into account internal and external challenges.
The first meeting of the Reflection Group took place in Brussels on 20 and 21 March 2013. Reflection Group members discussed the current state of affairs and had a first discussion about the key internal and external challenges Europe is facing.