New Pact for Europe at the annual meeting of Europe Direct information centres in Bonn


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 increased fragmentation between and within Member States and 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: a Pact based on three main pillars – an ‘Enabling Union’, a ‘Supportive Union’ as well as a ‘Participatory Union’ – and a new grand project, which balances the interests of different EU countries and different groups within them and restores the perception that European integration is a ‘win-win’ for everyone.

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