Home Parliaments – EU Holiday, Education, And More

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Most us are in favour of opportunities for citizen participation. The organization Pulse of Europe has developed a process which facilitates exactly this with a process they call “home parliaments”. The current session lasts till December 6 and deals with the following 3 questions:

  1. Should there be a joint European Public Holiday to commemorate Europe’s shared history and values
  2. Should history education in Europe’s schools provide more common European content and go beyond national narratives?
  3. Should EU enlargement be accelerated for countries with candidate status?

If anybody of you is interested in discussing these topics and feeding the results of our discussions to high level European politicians, write to us niceto@meeteu.eu.

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EU Citizen Participation—Democracy Booster or Flop?

The Conference on the Future of Europe has produced a lot of citizens proposals as well as numerous pictures. Images that can be found on EU websites, in the media and even on our website.

But what about the recommendations of the citizens? Are they being used to shape the future of the European Union? What about their implementation? Or was it just citizen participation for the cameras?

In any case, with the Conference, the EU has taken a new step towards more citizen participation. Should and will this course be continued? And if so, how?

With Damian Böselager, Member of the European Parliament (Volt), we want to talk about the goals, possibilities and limits of citizen participation. How the results of Citizen Panels relate to our elected representatives in the European Parliament. And what needs to happen for citizen participation to succeed.

Should we Speed Up EU Enlargement?

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is fundamentally changing the political landscape of Europe. A new iron curtain is drawn, going through, and dividing the continent. In response to this, the European Union opened a path to EU membership for Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. How realistic is this? A look at the Western Balkans states does not give much reason to be optimistic. All six Western Balkan states are stuck.  Is it time for the EU to acknowledge this and enhance the process for the Western Balkans, Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia? How could this be done? And why would the EU benefit from it?

We will be discussing these questions with Adnan Ćerimagić from the think tank European Stability Initiative (ESI). Adnan (from Bosnia and Herzegovina) is ESI’s Senior Analyst for the Western Balkans and is researching EU policy towards the region.

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