Please note this event is by invitation only.
Closed door policy debate, Nederland in Europa, Haags Historisch Museum, Den Haag
As one of the partners in the New Pact for Europe initiative to foster and promote the European debate, ECF will organise two debates in the Netherlands to discuss the second report: Towards a New Pact for Europe.
The report 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. It argues that simply consolidating past achievements will not be enough and that closer cooperation will be indispensable if Europe wants not only to overcome the immediate crisis, but also to create fresh momentum that will allow it to exploit more of its potential and meet citizens’ needs and expectations.
On Tuesday 3 February 2015 a high-level closed door policy debate – Nederland in Europa – will take place at the Haags Historisch Museum in The Hague. The debate includes 40 invited Dutch politicians, policy-makers, journalists and representatives from the cultural and business sector. This top-level exchange will focus on how to restore the trust of citizens in the European integration process. People should be at the heart of EU policymaking again. The goal of this invitation-only debate is to introduce workable, realistic reforms on what needs to be done to reverse the tide of public opinion and restore trust in the EU.
The second event will be a public debate scheduled to take place in Leeuwarden around mid April 2015. Further information will follow.
The New Pact for Europe project was initiated by the King Baudouin Foundation (Belgium) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung (Germany) and is supported by a large consortium of foundations, think tanks and civil society organisations, including ECF.