Europe matters. Clearly, people care about Europe. They’re willing to take to the streets and march, to engage in debate with friends and family, to support parties and politicians who speak passionately about the issue, and to voice their concerns and hopes online. Why? What is it that drives people to care about Europe (whether they support EU integration or not)?
On Sunday 24 March 2019 at 13:00 CET, citizens and civil society organisations plan to demonstrate how much they care about Europe in a #March4Europe. People will begin gathering for the 2019 March for Europe in Place Poelart in Brussels, and similar marches will be taking place across the 28 EU Member States. You can also check the Facebook page of the march for more information.
Sunday 24 March will be one day before the “birthday” of the European project (the founding Treaty of Rome was signed on 25 March 1957). It will also be two months before the upcoming European parliament elections, which will decide the future direction of the EU.
The march (which Debating Europe is supporting) is, according to organisers, an opportunity to “reject populism, division, hate, and violence” and “stand for freedom, tolerance, solidarity, fairness, equality and social rights”. Do let your friends know, and take part if you can!
Why does Europe matter to you? Tell us why you think it’s important, and why you care. Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!