What’s the plan for Europe? The economy, inequality, Brexit, the refugee crisis, climate change, biodiversity loss; there are certainly enough big issues for the next European Commission to tackle. Which problems should they address first? Different parties campaigning in the European Parliament elections are pushing for different solutions and priorities. For example, some parties think climate change is the biggest challenge facing Europe, while others want to focus on security and border control.
What do our readers think? We had a comment from Jose, who asks what the priorities for the next European Commission should be. What should it focus on after the European Parliament elections? Should it make a radical break with the last five years? Push for more modest reforms? Or stick with the course the EU is currently on?
What should the EU’s priorities be for the next 5 years? We asked Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from all sides of the political spectrum to stake out their positions on this question, and it’s up to YOU to vote for the policies you favour. See what the different MEPs have to say, then vote at the bottom of this debate for the one you most agree with! Take part in the vote below and tell us who you support in the European Parliament!
During the next 5 years, the EU should focus on:
1. Provide efficient rules and financial tools for a green industrial planning at EU level
2. Fight for a reduction of the weekly working time to 4 days a week
3. Contribute to provide security: healthcare, high pensions, better education & training systems, accessible housing, mobility urban and interurban networks, and energy to warm each home
4. Women empowerment
5. More direct democracy
First of all, we have to show the citizens that illiberalism, populism and nationalism are not the way forward. Brexit shows what happens when you follow the path of the people who want to wreck Europe: chaos instead of stability. I hope that after the Brexit, we can focus our energy on a more positive project. We have a lot of work ahead of us: climate change, the finalisation of the internal market, how to become more competitive vis a vis the new “empires” such as China and India, we must build a European economic governance, protect ourselves against Russia by creating a European Defence Pillar within Nato and finally put in place a functioning asylum- and migration policy. Let’s start to work on this!
The European Union project must be corrected if its founding values are to be preserved and if the objectives of cooperation and solidarity between Member States are to be truly achieved. Priority must be given to the fight against internal poverty, to a new and more supportive management of migratory flows, to the improvement of physical and technological infrastructures throughout the territory of the Union (remember that there are very disadvantaged peripheral areas), because only through quality networks can the internal market and the production of the entrepreneurial fabric be boosted. However, unjustified investments that lead and have led to the famous ‘cathedrals in the desert’, thereby rationalising economic resources, must be avoided, and absolute priority must be given to protecting the environment, soil and water, since the climate emergency is no longer an issue that can be postponed.