The European contribution to the climate crisis
Will EU mitigate emissions at the necessary rate?
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It is about our future! In December, climate policy decisions will be made that will define the goals for the next decades. Your opinion interest us! Together with representatives of the European Parliament you have the opportunity to discuss the upcoming political appointments:
- On 12 Dec, we will be celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement, but what is there to be celebrated? Have the European countries, gone anywhere near the climate goal we should have reached after 5 years of the COP 21 meeting?
- On 10-11 Dec, at the Summit of the Council of the EU in Brussels, the heads of states and governments of the 27 countries will meet to decide upon the 2030 emissions reduction target. Will the Council of the EU come up with a bold target, that meets the urgency and scale of the challenge we face?
- It will also be decided whether to introduce a TFT (= Tax on Financial Transactions) to finance climate, health and social issues: Pierre Larrouturou, who is the current budget rapporteur for the European Parliament, went on hunger strike for 18 days in Brussels, to break the resistance of French and German governments against the introduction of this Tax.
Our guests will be asked to give their thoughts in three successive rounds – after each round there will be plenty of time for all participants to enter into contact with them and ask questions directly. You’re in?
Martin Hojsík (Slovakia), MEP Renew Europe
Timothée Galvaire, Assistant of Pierre Larrouturou (France), MEP Socialists & Democrats
A short overview about the TFT can be found here: Tax on Financial Transactions
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European stories – Our adventures!
No matter if it’s for work, study or just to explore. We have all traveled through Europe and experienced exciting stories. Let’s talk about them! Meet interesting people, listen to thrilling situations and share your own favorite adventure with us on MeetEU!
November 17, 17:30 CET
Africa and the EU – Together towards a better future?
With Hildegard Bentele, MEP,
Group of the European People’s Party, Member of the Committee on Development
The African continent is growing the fastest in the world, the population is longing for prospects and countries like China are increasingly intensifying their relations with the countries in the region. In the last two years, the EU’s priorities in Africa have focused particularly on building a pan-African union, investing in the population, for example by promoting education, and integrating a common African market. How does the future of cooperation between African states and the European Union look like and by which common interests is it driven? What foreign policy significance does Africa have for the EU?
November 10, 18:00 CET
Freedom of speech –
a predetermined breaking point for our society?
The session is organized by Klaus from Pulse of Europe.
The murder of Samuel Paty in France again has put the flashlight on the basic human right of Free Speech and those who reserve the right to kill if their feelings are hurt by somebody exercising this right. Yet from suppressing political opinions, hate speech to the battle about the validity of science and sheer manipulation in times of social media there are numerous issues in between.
We want to spend this session on understanding where we actually stand, what is at stake and discussing the issues.
Picture: N i c o l a y S m e h, u n s p l a s h
Live Report from Brussels: the New EU Climate Law
Michael Bloss, MEP, Greens/European Free Alliance
The EU aims to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The new EU climate law will form the basis for the transition to a green economy. As you may imagine, there are different opinions on this in the member states;) One of the negotiators is MEP Michael Bloss. Tuesday night, he‘ll tell us where we stand now and what the biggest sticking points are.
Nini Tsiklauri presents her new book:
‘Lasst uns um Europa kämpfen’
Nini Tsiklauri is an actress, writer, political activist and passionate European, who grew up in Hungary, Georgia and Germany. As an actress, she is known for ‘Die Wilden Kerle’ and ‘Schloss Einstein’.
Nini studied political sciences in Austria. She is also an initiator of the PulseofEurope movement in Austria. Her new book „Lasst uns um Europa kämpfen“ (Let’s fight for Europe) offers a new perspective to understand and feel the European Union. Nini charges Europe with strong emotions and provides a do-it-yourself rescue plan for the EU. A very private and at the same time highly political book.
Please be informed that the reading is in German . Questions can be asked in English.
Transnational European HomeParliament
The project – set up by the civil society organization Pulse of Europe – is organised under the patronage of President Ursula von der Leyen.
What is it about? In groups of 4-8 people, you discuss the Future of European Solidarity.
The 3 core questions are:
- Should wealthy EU member states provide more economic support to member states that are particularly hard hit by crises?
- Should the EU invest more in social policy measures to tackle social inequality between the member states?
- Should the EU, in the interest of future generations, primarily focus on environmentally friendly innovation and jobs?
The results of the discussions are sent to Ms. von der Leyen and 29 members of European Parliament, such as Manfred Weber, Othmar Karas, Gabriele Bischoff, Fabienne Keller, Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield, Martin Schirdewan, Ska Keller, Pedro Marques, Lukasz Kohut and Damian Boeselager. They will comment on the results on a digital platform and will invite you to this discussion.
Will the pandemic turn out green?
Delara Burkhardt, MEP, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
The European Commission defined the Green Deal as a roadmap to transform Europe into a sustainable and carbon neutral continent by 2050.
However, will the pandemic push that goal to the background? Or has the COVID-19 crisis shown that we can take radical and immediate measures? That is what we’d like to discuss with Delara Burkhardt, MEP and a member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.
Child Rights and Germany’s 2020 EU Council Presidency
The German Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2020 comes at a crucial time for children: We are facing an unprecedented crisis due to COVID-19 pandemic and we entering the Decade of Action to deliver on the SDGs until 2030. Progress for children has been significant globally, but challenges to the realization of all rights for all children everywhere, especially the most vulnerable ones, remain.
We want to discuss UNICEF’s recommendations for the German EU-Presidency such as a comprehensive EU Child Rights Strategy, an impactful partnership between the EU and Africa for children and a child-focused humanitarian response
Lydia Berneburg, UNICEF Germany
September 29, 2020 – 18:00 CEST
European HomeParliaments by Pulse of Europe
We like to present you a cool initiative: the European HomeParliaments by Pulse of Europe.
What is it about? A HomeParliament is a meeting of 4 to 8 people who discuss an European question. Anyone can become a host of such a HomeParliament. The citizens’ movement Pulse of Europe provides you with all the documents.
The results of your discussions do not end up in a drawer somewhere, but are sent to EU policy-makers, like Ursula von der Leyen, Manfred Weber, Ska Keller or Damian Boeselager.
Hendrik Michel from Pulse Of Europe Frankfurt will show you how it works and how you can participate.
The 3rd round of European HomeParliaments takes place from 19 September to 1 November 2020.
Hendrik Michel, Pulse of Europe Frankfurt
September 22, 2020 – 18:00 CEST
Let’s meet, MeetEU!
A half year is over, we would like to use the opportunity to look together with you over the past months and talk about the future of MeetEU.
September 15, 2020 – 17:00 CEST
The State of the Union speech of Ursula von der Leyen in front of the European Parliament
On 16 September, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will deliver the annual State of the Union address to the European Parliament. Afterwards the Members of the European Parliament will discuss the main challenges for the coming year. The day before the speech, Georg Pfeifer, Head of the European Parliament’s Liaison Office in Germany, and Jörg Wojahn, Representative of the European Commission in Germany, will give an online briefing on the upcoming speech and answer your questions.
September 8, 2020 – 18:00 CEST
Conspiracy Theories in the Coronavirus Pandemic
Prof. Butter is Vice Chair of the COST Action “Comparative Analysis of Conspiracy Theories” and Principal Investigator of the European Research Council (ERC)-funded project “Populism and Conspiracy Theory (PACT). The project investigates the significance of conspiracy theories for populist movements in different European countries (Austria, Hungary, Italy, Poland), Brazil and the United States.
Prof. Dr. Michael Butter (University of Tuebingen)
September 1, 2020 – 18:30 CEST
The Western Balkans: EU members of tomorrow? – Progress and challenges in the accession process
The Western Balkans play the central role in the EU’s enlargement plans, but how likely is it that the accession conditions can be met in a region where other global actors are increasingly trying to assert their interests?
Let’s talk about this with Michael Gahler, MEP & Foreign Policy Spokesman of the EPP
Michael Gahler, Member of the European Parliament
Aug 11, 2020 — 18:00 CEST:
Workshop: Introduction to the EU-institutions
How is the European Parliament elected? How do the EU Institutions work together? And how does the EU pass new laws?
These and more questions are touched upon in our workshop. You will gain valuable knowledge about the European Union and its institutions or refresh the knowledge you already have. This will prepare you to follow EU politics more closely and understand the processes that unfold in Brussels.
So join us on 11 August 2020 at 18:00 CEST and learn more about the EU-Institutions.
Every participant will receive a certificate of attendance by the European Parliament Liaison Office in Germany.
Frank Burgdörfer, Expert in Team Europe of the European Commission, Lecturer for European Policy at the University of Koblenz-Landau
Aug 4, 2020 — 18:00 CEST:
Brexit Talk with #EUsupergirl Madeleina Kay
What is it like to be young, pro-European and British while the UK has officially left the EU on 31 January 2020? The withdrawal of the UK from the EU, which became widely known as Brexit, agitated British society in many ways. In the course of Brexit, Madeleina Kay became a vocal pro-European activist in her country, which earned her the name #EUSupergirl.
On 4 August 2020 at 18:00 CEST she will share her experiences of the last years and will show you Brexit from a very personal angle.
July 21, 2020 — 18:00 CEST:
Understanding EU Jointly:
Assessing the European recovery and budget package – A glass half full or half empty?
July 14, 2020 — 18:00 CEST:
What you need to know about the Columbus laboratory and other ESA projects
What is Europe actually doing in space? What is the Columbus module? And what is ESA?
Lucas, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
July 7, 2020 — 16:00 CEST:
German Presidency of the Council of the EU
Germany is set to hold the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU from 1 July 2020. Many pressing topics need to be solved, such as Brexit, the long-term budget of the EU and the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. What could it mean for Germany to preside over the Council of the EU? How can it shape the presidency? Who is involved? What will be important?
Thilo, Press Officer at the European Parliament Liaison Office in Berlin
June 30, 2020 — 18:00 CEST:
First generation academics as European bridge builders? – Why social diversity in EU institutions matters
People with a migration background and those from non-academic families are strikingly underrepresented in the work environment of the EU. The initiative “ArbeiterKind Brüssel” wants to encourage more first generation academics to study or work in Brussels and at the same time raise awareness in the European quarter about their special skills and qualities – for instance as ambassadors of the European idea which can comprehensibly explain EU affairs to broader parts of society.
Benedikt from the initiative “ArbeiterKind Brüssel” (literally ‘Working class child Brussels’).
June 23, 2020 — 18:00 CEST:
Situation of the Judiciary in Poland
Let’s analyze together: Where do we stand? How did we get there?
Klaus, Pulse of Europe
June 16, 2020 — 18:00 CEST:
The EU Immune System: The Infringement Procedure How does it work? Does it work?
You have no idea what we are talking about? Great. You definitely should join our talk next week;)
Klaus, Pulse of Europe
June 9, 2020 — 18:00 CEST:
Career opportunities within the European institutions
If you are interested in a career within the EU institutions, make sure to join us in Talkroom 1.
Jill (PR Officer), Astrid (PR Officer) and Annika (Trainee) from the European Parliament Liaison Office in Berlin
June 2, 2020 — 18:00 CEST:
The Franco-German recovery fund initiative. Helpful or divisive?
Were Merkel and Macron right to come forward with their proposal without having included the other 25 in the discussion? Is this how successful leadership works or did the stepping ahead make other member states feel passed over? We are excited to hear your arguments and perspectives.
Klaus, Pulse of Europe
May 26, 2020 — 18:00 CEST:
How can the European Union provide equal education for all?
Poverty and social exclusion are depriving many European children of educational opportunities. What can the European Union do to guarantee every child a fair start in life? How can it ensure access to higher education for all ?
Moritz Wille, high school student in Germany
Everyone is welcome to join, even if you haven’t been to school for a while .
May 19, 2020 — 18:00 CEST:
Factual overview on the EU’s financial response to the Corona crisis
After the talk you can ask questions and discuss with us how can we combat the economic fallout, what long-term recovery strategy we need and if there should be a spending control on EU level.
Willemijn de Jong, PR Officer and former official at the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) Secretariat of the European Parliament, the Netherlands
May 12,2020 — 18:00 CEST:
The Challenge of Mastering the Pandemic and its Economic Impact jointly
To give you some background: On May 19th (18:00 CET) we’ll have the exclusive opportunity to talk to Willemijn de Jong, PR Officer, Liaison Office European Parliament Netherlands, about the EU‘s financial response to the Corona crisis. In preparation of this event we want to identify what we deem to be the key questions so that we can get real benefit from the availability of this EU PR Officer.
Klaus, Pulse of Europe
May 7, 2020 — 18:00 CEST:
See and Change / Book Reading with Leonhard Hepermann
Leonard Hepermann, a young German together.eu volunteer. His book is about what should the new Europe look like? How do we manage the ecological transformation? After the reading you can ask questions to Leonhard and discuss visions for a future Europe.
May 5, 2020 — 18:00 CEST:
Coronavirus app – what’s going on in your country?
Several EU member states are designing smartphone apps to help track the spread of Covid-19. Tell us what is the situation in your home country? Should the app be mandatory or voluntary? What about data privacy versus public health? Will Europe succeed in pushing through a common standard?
Introduction by Klaus, Pulse of Europe
April 28, 2020 — 18:00 CEST:
Lars, Bachelor student European Studies, the Netherlands
April 26, 2020 — 18:00 CEST:
April 21, 2020 — 18:00 CEST:
ERASMUS and Covid-19 – Your questions please!
“I wanted to go on ERASMUS this summer – can I leave the country?” — “I have already booked my trip to start my ERASMUS semester – but my host country has closed its borders. Will I be refunded?” ERASMUS in the time of coronavirus raises many questions.
Michel Boehm from ERASMUS Student Network Germany (ESN)