The European Union is no stranger to a crisis. Throughout its history, crises have often driven the European project forward, providing the impetus for deeper cooperation and integration; from the “empty chair” crisis of France’s General de Gaulle in 1965, to the Eurozone crisis more recently.
The European Parliament elections in May 2019 offer a chance to respond to the crisis of confidence in the EU. With the election of a new Parliament and the arrival of a new college of Commissioners, change is possible. In that context, the think tank Friends of Europe recently published an EU citizens’ “Mandate for Change“, setting out eleven ideas for revitalising the European project. They were formulated in response to a survey of 11,000 EU citizens, and have been presented to Members of the European Parliament as part of the #EuropeMatters project.
Now, in the run-up to the European Parliament elections, #EuropeMatters will present its most ambitious effort yet – the ‘Vision for Europe’ report, setting out 10 policy recommendations and a pathway for the next EU leadership. This report aims to map the road ahead to construct a Europe fit for purpose in the 21st century.
As part of this project, we want to get input from citizens, policymakers, and others. Last year, Debating Europe attended EuroPCom 2018, the 9th European Public Communication Conference. It was the largest public communications event in Europe, with over 1,100 communications professionals from across the EU attending. We had a camera in tow, and filmed some quick interviews asking attendees whether they thought Europe was broken (and, if so, how it might be fixed). Here’s what they had to say:
Is Europe broken? How would you fix it? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!