On 26 May 2019, more than 400 Million EU citizens were invited to exercise their democratic right to vote in elections to the European Parliament. Politics as usual? Only partially: For the first time ever, voter turnout rose and was even the highest for 20 years. Moreover, albeit with some exceptions, the much anticipated eurosceptic wave in the future European Parliament was put to a stop. However, such recent positive developments do not hide the fact that European politics and EU decision-making are perceived as being (too) distant by EU citizens for some years already. An argument which is often brought forward not only by anti-European voices.
Europeans represent the third biggest population in the world after Chinese and Indians, so it is high time to reflect on and discuss about the political and cultural aspects of EU citizenship; paying special attention to the question of European democracy and the results of the European elections in May 2019. In the framework of the one-year project “EU citizenship – to be or not to be (bEU)?”, the aim of this event is to raise awareness for the European added value of Union citizenship and to promote a dialogue about citizens’ rights.
How to reconnect Europe to its citizens by using creative and innovative instruments?
How to create a sense of community among more than 500 million individuals ?
The European added value of Union citizenship – what, why and how?
Following the constitution of the 9th European Parliament in July, the European Liberal Forum (ELF) therefore invites you to a panel discussion around these and many other questions.
Wednesday, 10th July 2019
Registration & Light Lunch: 12:00h
Event: 12:30 – 14:00h
Venue: Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels
Kindly register for this event by 9th July 2019 at https://bit.ly/2xhKLtw *
12:00 Arrival and Light Lunch
Daniel Kaddik, European Liberal Forum (ELF)
12:40 Panel Discussion
“Promoting citizenship: (Re-)Connecting Europe to its citizens”
Edgaras Mascinskas, Vice President, European Liberal Youth (LYMEC)
Alessandro Giordani, Head of Unit at DG Communication, European Commission (tbc)
Birgit Allerstorfer, Director, NEOS Lab, Austria
Andrea Virág, Republikon Institute Hungary
Q & A
*Please note that you will be forwarded to a Google Drive sheet. Should you wish to register with us directly, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.